Still Life with Fruit by Paul Gauguin

Still Life with Fruit by Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin “Still Life with Fruit” Still life was always a popular genre of art known since antiquity. It seems that there is nothing special about it, everyday life of ordinary household items, vegetables, fruits, game. But the artist, painstakingly making up a still life, is inspired by the beauty of these ordinary things and conveys this enthusiasm and inspiration in his painting.

This is felt by the viewer, so the still life is easy to perceive by the genre and can serve to decorate any room. In the genre of still life worked French painter Paul Gauguin. In his work still life is not so much as his contemporary Van Gogh, but they are all original and original. Gauguin said that he began to create still lifes when he felt tired.

Another feature of the artist is that he never composed a composition of still lifes, and therefore, he wrote not from nature, but from memory. Not infrequently Gauguin created a mixed genre, combining a still life with an interior and even with a portrait. An example of such a picture is the “Still Life with Fruits”, written in 1888. The composition of the painting differs from academic painting.

Before the viewer appears, as if snatched by a camera frame, when not all objects fit into the scope of the work. Objects and fruits are presented from a high point of view, which creates the impression of an inclined plane of the table. Apples and pears are scattered randomly on the table, some of them lie on a white plate, a black teapot that is not completely included in the composition reflects the glare of the light.

In the upper left corner you can see the face of a young girl contemplating the beauty of a still life. The color of her face is unnatural, but it is characteristic of the artist’s naive worldview, depicting colors according to his own vision, so that the girl’s portrait fits easily into the overall color of the picture.

With light vibrating strokes, the artist passes the plane of the table and the volume of objects. Although many objects show a black edging, this does not make the still life decorative. A subtle combination of colors makes the painting of Gauguin special, for it’s not for nothing that the artist’s work is a separate page in the history of world art.

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