The Seine opposite the wharf de passy (1875; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

The Seine opposite the wharf de passy - Paul Gauguin - 1875; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Seine opposite the wharf de passy
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1875; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Seine opposite the wharf de passy

“The Seine opposite the wharf de Passy,” created by Paul Gauguin in 1875 in Paris, France, is an oil on canvas artwork distinguished for its affiliation with the Impressionist movement. Characterized as a cityscape, this artwork currently resides in a private collection.

The artwork captures a vibrant and dynamic view of the Seine river and the surrounding cityscape. In the foreground, the quayside presents various figures that appear engaged in everyday activities, giving the scene a candid and spontaneous quality that is often associated with Impressionist works. The brushstrokes seem loose and fluid, contributing to the scene’s sense of movement and liveliness.

One can observe a reddish-brown building to the left, seeming to be a structure of some official capacity due to its formal design and sturdiness. This edifice contrasts with the transience of the river and the sky above, which Gauguin has rendered in broad strokes of subtle color variations, suggesting a bright yet overcast day.

Boats anchor along the bank, and a small dinghy with several individuals is a focal point, drawing the viewer’s gaze out onto the water and towards the middle ground where other crafts float. These elements provide a sense of the bustling activity that was typical of the River Seine at the time. The far shore is lined with buildings and trees, rendered with less detail, allowing the observer’s attention to remain with the nearer part of the scene while still providing a context of the city’s presence.

Overall, the artwork by Gauguin exhibits a moment of Parisian life through the lens of the Impressionist approach, emphasizing light, color, and the experience of the moment over the precise details of the landscape.

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