The embroiderer or Mette Gauguin (1878; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

The embroiderer or Mette Gauguin - Paul Gauguin - 1878; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleThe embroiderer or Mette Gauguin
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1878; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationE.G. Bührle Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland

About The embroiderer or Mette Gauguin

The artwork titled “The Embroiderer or Mette Gauguin” was painted by Paul Gauguin in 1878 in Paris, France. It is an oil on canvas piece that belongs to the Impressionist movement and is classified as a portrait. The artwork is currently housed in the E.G. Bührle Foundation in Zürich, Switzerland.

The artwork features a serene portrayal of a woman engrossed in the delicate task of embroidery. Her position is profiled, with her head bowed attentively over her work, which she holds close to herself. She is illuminated by light that accentuates the fine details of her engagement with the materials and the complexity of her craft. The background is adorned with striped patterns and warm tones, adding depth and a sense of domestic ambiance to the scene. The artist’s subtle brushwork and interplay of light and shadow demonstrate the characteristic techniques of the Impressionist movement, focusing on capturing a moment in time with vibrancy and immediacy. This intimate snapshot into the embroiderer’s world is a testament to Gauguin’s ability to evoke emotion and narrative through his art while reflecting the daily life and activities of his time.

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