Tomatoes and a pewter tankard on a table (1883; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Tomatoes and a pewter tankard on a table - Paul Gauguin - 1883; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleTomatoes and a pewter tankard on a table
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1883; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Tomatoes and a pewter tankard on a table

The artwork titled “Tomatoes and a pewter tankard on a table” was created by artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1883, within the bounds of Paris, France. Gauguin’s creation is executed in oil on canvas, embodying the stylistic nuances of the Impressionist movement. As part of the still life genre, this painting currently resides within a private collection, away from the public eye.

The artwork portrays a vivid arrangement of tomatoes, some of which are placed within a bowl while others are scattered nearby on a draped white cloth covering a table. A pewter tankard, characterized by its lustrous finish and traditional design, stands to the right, providing a metallic contrast to the organic forms of the tomatoes. The painter’s application of loose, visible brushstrokes confers a lively texture to the canvas, which is indicative of the Impressionist movement’s interest in capturing light and atmosphere. The color palette is rich and encompasses a variety of tones, with reds and oranges of the tomatoes drawing the eye amidst the blues and earthy hues that form the less distinct background. The artist’s signature can be discerned on the front of the table, anchoring the composition within his body of work. Overall, the painting emanates a sense of immediacy and sensuous appreciation of the mundane, characteristics much revered in the Impressionist genre.

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