The morning (1892; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

The morning - Paul Gauguin - 1892; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleThe morning
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1892; French Polynesia
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The morning

“The Morning” is an artwork by Paul Gauguin, created in 1892 during his time in French Polynesia. Executed in oil on canvas, it is categorized under the Post-Impressionism movement as a genre painting. This piece currently resides in a private collection, exemplifying the artist’s unique approach to colour and form that characterized his work during this period.

The artwork captures a serene moment in an exotic locale, which reflects Gauguin’s penchant for exploring the idyllic and primitive aspects of life away from European civilization. Two figures are present, with one seated in the foreground, her back turned to the viewer, clothed in a vibrant red garment that stands out against the lush backdrop. She appears to be engaged in a reflective moment, possibly gazing at the water or lost in thought. The second figure stands in the middle ground, adorned in a blue dress with a floral pattern, exuding a sense of calm as she gazily looks off to the side.

Gauguin’s use of bold, expressive colors and simplified forms creates a dream-like ambiance, demonstrating a departure from the naturalistic representation of the traditional European art of the time. The landscape is rendered in sweeping curves and vivid hues, with a sense of depth provided by the varying shades of blues, greens, and the earthy tones that define the pathway and the waterway that meanders its way through the scene. The overarching trees add a dynamic touch to the composition, contributing to the overall peaceful atmosphere of the painting.

The Post-Impressionist movement, to which Gauguin was a pivotal contributor, is known for its rejection of the limitations of Impressionism and its exploration of symbolism, structure, and form. In “The Morning,” Gauguin’s technique and sensibility are evident, marking a significant contribution to the genre that went on to influence many artists that followed.

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