Under the pandanian tree by Paul Gauguin

Under the pandanian tree by Paul Gauguin

… Only under the sky of saving firmament Met in a sea of crazy Hardly noticeable almost forgotten Little island named Happiness… S. Trofimov. “Under the pandanova tree” – a painting written by Paul Gauguin in 1891, became part of a unique collection of Tahitian period of the author’s life. It does not differ in its geography from the rest of the paintings of the meeting mentioned and tells about the life of the islanders.

Just want to note the rather gloomy color of the picture. The use of a dark palette with the predominance of colors of the red spectrum hints at night time. To highlight the dark scenery, Gauguin applied a light yellow color to the image of the sky. The same yellow strip lay on the edge of the water.

As the heroes of the plot, the author chose rather simple characters. These are women who stopped under a pandanian tall tree. This plant is remarkable for its gigantic size and what is used by the native population of Tahiti as a source of raw materials. Another quality of pandans lies in their vitality and the special strength of the roots that protect plants from falling during hurricane winds. Hardened inhabitants and no less powerful trees have become a kind of personification of the freedom and mighty will of the people of Oceania.

Paul Gauguin used the horizontal composition of the composition. He singled out the first – the main plan of the painting and the distant one. At the far end, the artist displayed a part of the tropical landscape with a rather complicated landscape. This is the coast with green sand, and the ocean, and part of the horizon with foamed waves.

To revive the narrative Gauguin placed in the center of the composition of a black thin dog, and then, on a log, a lonely woman. In general, the composition is quiet and modest in emotion. It is a household genre that is not inclined to pathos and exaggeration. The artist reflected on the canvas the reality that surrounded him the last years of his life, and was particularly close than Paris – the place where he was born.

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