Woman with a Flower (1891; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Woman with a Flower - Paul Gauguin - 1891; French Polynesia

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TitleWoman with a Flower
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1891; French Polynesia
Dimensions70 x 46 cm
Art MovementCloisonnism
Current LocationNy Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

About Woman with a Flower

The artwork titled “Woman with a Flower” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1891 during his time in French Polynesia. This oil on canvas painting measures 70 by 46 centimeters and embodies the Cloisonnism style, a movement known for bold outlines and vibrant colors. It can be categorized as a portrait genre and is part of the collection at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The artwork presents a thoughtful pose of a woman with a flower. The background is primarily a rich yellow, setting a warm, luminous tone that contrasts with the cool blues and greys of the woman’s attire. Gauguin’s use of color is emblematic of the Cloisonnism technique, where blocks of color are separated by dark, defining lines much like the lead strips in stained glass works. The woman is depicted with dark hair, part of which falls over her left shoulder, and an enigmatic expression that draws the observer into a quiet contemplation. Her clothing suggests a demure, formal appearance, complete with a collar and cuffs, implying a blend of local tradition and western influence. The central element, a flower, held gently in her hands, becomes a focal point, bearing significance and perhaps symbolizing aspects of her identity or feelings. Gauguin’s signature can be noticed in the upper right-hand side, completing this intimate portrait that invites viewers to not only appreciate the aesthetic but also ponder the cultural and personal narrative within.

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