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Sunday, August 26, 2012

gauguin: the little adventures of "a little cat"

image in public domain, thanks wikipaintings.org
In late1888 Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) spent nine weeks in Arles with Van Gogh.  That period of time has become legend in art history, but this look at A Little Cat actually dates from earlier that year.  He was in Pont-Aven, northern France then; I bet it was a quieter time of that year, with ripe fruit and some sunshine making a fine golden foil for this black kitten.  By the way, this is a perfect example of Gauguin's Cloisonnism, a style in which strong colors are very clearly marked off in areas as you see in cloisonne jewelry.  I've said it before, I have never warmed up to Gauguin as a person (in fact I think he sounds like a bit of a tool).  But I do enjoy his "smaller" paintings like this, where he's only capturing the simple warmth of a moment.  That kitten is going to spring any second.  Good luck on your fruit hunt, cub.


DamnCuteBunny said...

Funny, I feel the same way about the man. I do like his art but not an especially lovable kind of person. Did you get to see the SAM exhibit earlier this year? I didn't realize he was such a commercial artist, composing his Polynesian paintings for the European market. I guess a guy's gotta eat, right?

curator said...

Hi DamnCuteBunny - No, I never made it to SAM for "Gauguin." I don't get to SAM as much as I'd like (though I actually prefer the Frye and the Henry). Was it worth it? There's an Australian show there now I know I'll miss and that bums me.