Young woman at the window (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

Young woman at the window - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

TitleYoung woman at the window
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young woman at the window

The artwork entitled “Young woman at the window,” created by Paul Gauguin in 1888, is an oil on canvas portrait located in a private collection. A testament to the Post-Impressionism movement prevalent in France, the work characterizes the innovative approaches to color and form that marked the era.

In the artwork, the subject, a young woman, is rendered in a palette that is both muted and vibrant, reflecting Gauguin’s trademark use of color. She is situated indoors, near a window, with a view of the sea and sky visible in the background. The landscape outdoors is depicted with broad, expressive strokes that provide a stark contrast to the detailed representation of the woman’s facial features and clothing. The sea and sky blend with swirling patterns, suggesting a sense of movement that is juxtaposed against the woman’s static pose.

The woman gazes outside with a contemplative expression. Her attire, consisting of a patterned blouse with a red flower at her chest and a warm red headpiece, stands out against the cool tones of the seascape. The brushwork is loose and textured, creating a rich surface that invites the viewer’s eye to explore the interplay of light and shadow. All elements combined, Gauguin’s work captures a moment that feels both intimate and expansive, encouraging reflection on the inner world of the subject as much as the outer world she observes.

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