Painting table analysis
GAUGUIN - The woman with the fruit - 1893
I offer you a kind of composition reconstruction according to my personal vision. Attention, I have no pretension to say that I found how Gauguin would have composed this work. Far from there ! This proposition is just a personal assumption in an attempt to approach the Gauguin method. By observing other tables of its composition, I could observe that it would only occasionally use one or two harmonic grids and parallel obliques.
A first step could be to draw one or two harmonic grids: here the grid of the medians, and that of the ½ diagonals
To balance this central mass, two figures are placed with their eyes on the horizontal medians
A dynamic is given by the oblique of the heads of the women on the left and the arm of the woman in the center. A series of parallels will give vigor and rhythm.
The median can be used to set up the theme of the table; the woman with her navel and the fruit just on the median.
Still looking for balance, a third character comes to rest on this same horizontal
Again for the search for balance a second series of oblique parallels to the second roof.
Finally, the other elements of the decoration composed in such a way as not to make the lines of composition too blatant for the eye.