Four Breton Girls by Paul Gauguin

Four Breton Girls by Paul Gauguin Four Breton Girls1886Post-ImpressionismOil on canvasNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany Gauguin elected to depict four Breton girls in a field in no realist manner nor simple documentary. The visible landscape suggests the artist’s roots in Impressionism with an attendant ideal to capture the visual dalliance of a landscape on the artist’s … Continue reading Four Breton Girls by Paul Gauguin

The Thankless Art of Painting

Utrillo’s life could not have been a more Bohemian one. For many the romantic concept of la vie bohème was living a life in Paris of the late-19th and early-20th century but far less dazzling in its reality. The son of Suzanne Valadon, a former circus performer turned artist model and avant garde artist Utrillo never knew his father. Rumours abound that it could have been anyone from Puvisde Chavannes to Renoir to Boissy...

Self-Portrait ‘Les Miserables’ by Paul Gauguin

Self-Portrait 'Les Miserables' by Paul Gauguin Self-Portrait 'Les Miserables'1888Post-ImpressionismOil on canvasVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Before his departure to Aries in 1888. Gauguin and Vincent van Gough exchanged examples of their work, including several self-portraits. ‘Self Portrait ‘Les Miserables’’ was among the paintings sent to Van Gough. Gauguin includes a full-profile likeness of the fictional … Continue reading Self-Portrait ‘Les Miserables’ by Paul Gauguin

Notre Dame Cathedral by Maurice Utrillo

Notre Dame Cathedral1909Post-ImpressionismOil on cardMusée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France By 25 Utrillo was experimenting with complex motifs and the influence of Impressionism, in particular Monet’s cathedrals, is evident in this painting. An unfinished piece, Utrillo vaguely describes the complex architecture of Notre Dame. Instead the details are obscured as he describes the effect of light … Continue reading Notre Dame Cathedral by Maurice Utrillo