The child (1895) by Paul Gauguin

The child - Paul Gauguin - 1895

Artwork Information

TitleThe child
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Dimensions32.1 x 25.4 cm
Art MovementCloisonnism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The child

The artwork entitled “The Child” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1895. This oil on canvas portrait measures 32.1 by 25.4 centimeters and is affiliated with the Cloisonnism art movement. Currently, the painting is part of a private collection.

Upon examining the artwork, one observes a portrait of a child set against a vibrant background. Gauguin’s characteristic use of bold outlines and flat areas of color—a hallmark of the Cloisonnism style—is evident here. The child’s face is rendered with particular attention, capturing an expression that may suggest pensiveness or introspection. The use of contrasting colors and the textured application of paint create a dynamic yet harmonious composition. The way in which the child is seated and the direct gaze out of the canvas suggest a moment of candidness, typical of Gauguin’s approach to portraiture, where the subject’s personality or essence is implied through expressive use of color and form rather than through conventional realism.

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