Gauguin’s Chair

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41556

Vincent van Gogh's "Gauguin's Chair" (1888) is a vibrant exemplar of his post-impressionist style, employing rich, expressive colors and bold brushwork. The painting is special as it serves as an emblematic portrait, reflecting the personality of his friend and fellow artist, Paul Gauguin. Unlike a traditional portrait, van Gogh used symbolic objects - Gauguin's modern armchair and a candle-lit background - to portray Gauguin's unconventional nature and nocturnal creativity. This unique, indirect approach underscores the innovative spirit of van Gogh's artistry.

51 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh’s “Gauguin’s Chair” – Exploring Its Artistic Influence and Significance

Vincent van Gogh, a remarkable Post-Impressionist painter, painted “Gauguin’s Chair” in 1888. The painting is a striking representation of van Gogh’s artistic style, reflecting his innovative use of color and form. This work of art, showcasing a simple chair under a gas lamp, holds great historical and artistic significance, offering a peek into the relationship between van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, another renowned Post-Impressionist artist.

Style and Interpretation

“Gauguin’s Chair,” consistent with the Post-Impressionist style, features van Gogh’s characteristic thick brushstrokes and a bold color palette. The painting depicts an unoccupied wooden chair, draped with Gauguin’s modernist striped scarf and a candle lit on it. The background showcases the iconic blue hues of van Gogh’s paintings and is made even more dramatic by the stark contrast with the orange and yellow tones of the chair and lamp.

The painting is filled with symbolism, often interpreted as a tribute to Gauguin who was visiting van Gogh in Arles at that time. The chair’s stark and robust form might represent Gauguin’s bolder personality, in contrast to van Gogh’s own self-portrayed as a more modest and unpretentious straw chair in “Van Gogh’s Chair”.

Historical Context and Significance

The year 1888 was pivotal in van Gogh’s career. It was the year he had invited Gauguin to join him in Arles, envisioning an artists’ collective – the Studio of the South. “Gauguin’s Chair” was painted during Gauguin’s stay. Although their relationship was fraught with tension and ended disastrously, this period was highly productive for both artists and profoundly influenced their future work.

The “Gauguin’s Chair” and its counterpart “Van Gogh’s Chair” stand as tangible reflections of the artists’ contrasting personalities and artistic styles. Furthermore, the paintings symbolize the complex relationship between these two iconic figures of Post-Impressionism, making “Gauguin’s Chair” a fascinating subject of study.

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Van Gogh’s “Gauguin’s Chair” continues to inspire and intrigue art enthusiasts, symbolizing a crucial juncture in the artist’s journey and a testament to his enduring friendship and creative rivalry with Gauguin.

Original size:
73 x 93 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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