Vase of flowers (1886; France) by Paul Gauguin

Vase of flowers - Paul Gauguin - 1886; France

Artwork Information

TitleVase of flowers
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1886; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Vase of flowers

The artwork titled “Vase of Flowers” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1886, in France. This oil on canvas piece epitomizes the Post-Impressionistic style and belongs to the still life genre. Currently, it is held in a private collection. The essence of Post-Impressionism, an era that followed Impressionism and preferred symbolic content, vivid color, and distinct form, is captured within this work.

The artwork showcases a vase with a bouquet of flowers, depicted with bold colors and expressive brushstrokes that convey the natural beauty and vibrancy of the blooms. Gauguin employs a rich palette with a dominance of pinks, reds, yellows, and greens, reflecting the artist’s tendency towards the use of symbolic color rather than strict realism. The background and table surface are rendered with a more subdued palette, allowing the flowers to stand prominently at the forefront of the composition. The flowers themselves are not highly detailed but instead are represented with a degree of abstraction. This painting illustrates Gauguin’s transition from the Impressionist influence to a more symbolist approach, which would later become more pronounced in his oeuvre. The strokes and colors blend together to create a sense of depth and texture, capturing the essence of the flowers rather than their meticulous botanical details.

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