Young breton by the sea (1889; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Young breton by the sea - Paul Gauguin - 1889; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleYoung breton by the sea
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; Pont-aven, France
Mediumcolored pencils,paper
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young breton by the sea

The artwork titled “Young Breton by the Sea” was created by the distinguished artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1889, located in Pont-Aven, France. This portrait, executed using colored pencils on paper, is a representation of the Post-Impressionism art movement and is currently housed in a private collection.

In the artwork, a young Breton girl stands prominently in the foreground, central to the composition. The girl appears calm and reflective, with her gaze directed slightly away from the viewer, suggesting contemplation. She is dressed in traditional Breton attire, which includes a blue dress complemented by a darker shade on the sleeves. The dress drapes gracefully over her form, indicating a sense of volume and mass. Gauguin has adeptly rendered the girl’s bare feet, one foot placed slightly forward, rooting her to the rugged terrain beneath. In her right hand, she loosely holds a basket, which perhaps alludes to a task that has temporarily been set aside.

Behind the figure, the landscape is characterized by swirling lines and expressive color choices that contribute to a dynamic backdrop. Gauguin employs vivid blues and greens to depict the rolling sea, capturing its tumultuous nature through bold, curvilinear strokes. The contrast between the cool tones of the sea and the warm, autumnal colors of the earth reflects the artist’s sensitivity to and manipulation of color to evoke mood and atmosphere. Additionally, the presence of plant life in the foreground, depicted with quick, confident lines and pops of color, introduces an element of vitality to the scene.

Paul Gauguin’s “Young Breton by the Sea” radiates with the emotional and stylistic principles of Post-Impressionism, displaying his unique departure from the naturalistic representation of color and form, and his movement towards a style that is rich in symbolic content and abstracted elements.

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