Still life with teapot and fruits (1896; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Still life with teapot and fruits - Paul Gauguin - 1896; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleStill life with teapot and fruits
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1896; French Polynesia
Dimensions47.6 x 66 cm
Art MovementCloisonnism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About Still life with teapot and fruits

The artwork titled “Still life with teapot and fruits” is an exceptional creation by the artist Paul Gauguin, dating back to 1896 and originating from French Polynesia. This oil on canvas masterpiece reflects the distinct Cloisonnism style and measures 47.6 by 66 cm. Classified as a still life genre, this painting is part of the esteemed collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, United States.

The artwork exudes a vibrant and bold color palette, a hallmark of Gauguin’s post-impressionist approach. It features a blue teapot adorned with a yellow flower motif at its center, adding a dynamic contrast to the composition. The teapot is positioned near other elements—an array of succulent fruits, and possibly a wooden spoon rests on the draped fabric underneath the teapot. The background is divided into different colored segments which give a sense of space and depth despite the flatness typical of the Cloisonnism movement. The juxtaposition of colors and forms in this still life creates a harmonious blend that is both visually striking and evocative of Gauguin’s innovative techniques during his time in the tropics.

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