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.

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A first step could be to draw one or two harmonic grids: here the grid of the medians, and that of the ½ diagonals

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To balance this central mass, two figures are placed with their eyes on the horizontal medians

Gauguin - Woman with fruit - Composition with grid and obliques

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.

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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.

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Still looking for balance, a third character comes to rest on this same horizontal

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Again for the search for balance a second series of oblique parallels to the second roof.

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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.