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Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903.
e Artist : painter
The White Horse (detail).
b 140 x 91 cm.
c Oil on canvas.
Design Date: 1898 (signed & dated)
Gauguin does not primarily suggest a local connectionto Tahiti but rather a final outcome of the sense of newly tapped powers in color and new sensations to be derived from it that had been the preoccupation of a whole half-century. The seed of Impressionism, it might be said, expanded here into a marvellous exotic bloom. The color, however, is no longer descriptive or atmospheric but makes an impact on the senses akin to that of music. The white horse itself suggests some creature of heroic fable, yet while it shares this appearance of belonging to an imaginary world with the riders in the background, the picture had its basis in Polynesian reality. The inhabitants used horses as a means of transport in the absence of roads and bridges.
Style: French Post-Impressionist.
Musee d'Orsay. ID=FPO
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Closeup; background with woman on red horse.