The artist’s children (1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark) by Paul Gauguin

The artist's children - Paul Gauguin - 1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark

Artwork Information

TitleThe artist's children
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The artist's children

The artwork titled “The Artist’s Children” is an oil on canvas painting created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1884. This painting is a genre piece, exemplifying the Impressionist movement and depicting a moment from everyday life. The artwork was completed while Gauguin was in Amagerbro, an area in Copenhagen, Denmark, and currently, it is part of a private collection.

In the artwork, one encounters a scene infused with domestic tranquility and simplicity. The composition captures a moment in the lives of children in an outdoor setting. A figure, presumably a female caretaker, stands close to a perambulator (baby stroller), which provides a strong visual focal point contributing to the narrative of a family’s daily routine. The use of soft, dappled light and the loose brushstrokes contribute to the overall Impressionist aesthetic, characteristic of the period. In the foreground, a child ambles away from the viewer, fostering a sense of depth and movement within the painting. The environment is rendered with a variety of textures and muted colors, inviting the viewer to reflect on the quietude and intimacy of this familial snapshot.

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