Still life Ripipont (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

Still life Ripipont - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleStill life Ripipont
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still life Ripipont

The artwork “Still life Ripipont” by Paul Gauguin is an oil on canvas painting completed in the year 1889 in France. As an exemplar of Post-Impressionism, a movement characterized by vivid colors, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, the painting falls within the still life genre and is presently part of a private collection.

“Still life Ripipont” by Gauguin presents a rich tapestry of colors and textures that generates a rhythmic harmony throughout the composition. The artwork features a variety of fruit on a table, including what appears to be pears and oranges, which are depicted with bold and dynamic brushstrokes that impart a sense of vitality to the otherwise inanimate objects. A jug stands confidently amid the fruit, its contours blending with the surrounding hues yet standing distinct as a central figure in the arrangement.

Background and foreground blend seamlessly due to the consistent application of pointillist-like dabs of color, a signature tactic employed by Gauguin to convey depth and form without resorting to traditional linear perspective. The colors are earthy yet vibrant, a dichotomy that reflects Gauguin’s quest for a more primitive and pure form of expression, unbound by the strictures of the then-prevailing artistic norms. The still life sits quietly, yet the painting is anything but silent; the vivid colors and tactile quality of the paintwork suggest a certain kinetic energy, bringing to life the common objects of daily existence with a unique and palpable intensity.

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