Naked Breton Boy, 1889
|Artist||Gauguin, Eugène Henri Paul||
Simplified in space and gauche in composition, Naked Breton Boy develops the characteristics which in 1888 Gauguin had pinpointed in his canvas of boys wrestling – ‘wholly Japanese , by a savage from Peru, and very thinly painted’; the composition here, and the accentuated outlines, certainly echo Japanese prints, though the lack of perspective also shows the deliberately naïve vision which Gauguin had been cultivating since 1886 as a means of expressing the primitive quality of the Breton scene. This canvas echoes Gauguin’s instructions to Chamaillard at Pont-Aven, that ‘every object had its form and colour, properly specified with a precise contour. This, together with his love of line and of the arabesque, formed the essential part of his theory’ (quoted London, Tate Gallery , Gauguin and the Pont-Aven Group, 1966, p. 9).
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||93 x 73.5 cm|