Sunday, 30 October 2011

Autumn Landscape: Paul Gauguin - By the Stream

By the Stream, Autumn (1885) - Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903)

This is one of those paintings of which there are innumerable images on the Internet - but nothing which tells you much about it as a painting.  It's as if the hand-painted reproductions have taken over - and there's nothing left of the artist.

If the date of the painting is correct then it seems likely that this painting was painted by Paul Gauguin:

  • three years after the stock market crash, in January 1882, which led to Gauguin deciding to take "the bull by the horns" and become a full-time artist
  • three years after he participated in the seventh Impressionist Exhibition in March 1882
  • after he left his Danish wife and family in Copenhagen (she had returned to her home) following the difficulties the marriage experienced after he decided to become an artist despite having a growing family.
  • during a period (1883-1886) when he is struggling for financial survival and painted very little despite becoming an artist.  In fact, he probably painted as much when he was a stockbroker and Sunday painter.
It seems likely it was painted in France - possibly somewhere close to Dieppe where he spent the summer of 1885

1 comment:

Casey Klahn said...

Your observations are great to read, Katherine. Especially the one about the "take over" of the reproductions - I partially blame Google for this, too.

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