Paul Gauguin’s painting “Bathers” is included in the list of the most expensive paintings in the world. In 2005, a buyer who chose to remain anonymous bought it at auction for $ 55 million.
According to many researchers of Gauguin’s work, the artist finally found his style thanks to his move to Tahiti. The impact on the artist of a new, unknown culture, impressions of an exotic society gave rise to the Tahitian cycle of paintings in the artist’s work, characterized primarily by a tendency towards a decorative component of color and an emphasized expression of each line and silhouette, which is rightfully considered the apotheosis of Paul Gauguin’s work.
In the picture, he portrayed Tahitian women in the form of bathers, and most importantly, he emphasized their freedom, independence and beauty, whose life passes in unity with the unique and inspiring nature of the island of Tahiti. The canvas itself is presented in festive colors, likened to a bright decorative panel, and the motives resemble the outlines of Egyptian, Greek and Javanese culture.
Gauguin depicted Tahitian bathing girls in his own manner, in his own style: deliberately flat figures with a border along the contour and a color scheme that sounds in an independent flat dimension.
Year of painting: 1897.
Dimensions of the painting: 60.4 x 93.4 cm.
Writing technique: oil.
Genre: genre painting.
Gallery: National Art Gallery, Washington, USA.