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The outstanding post-impressionists Gauguin and Van Gogh worked in 1888 as a creative duet in the south-east of France - in the city of Arles. The year before, the painters had a chance to meet and exchange their own paintings in a friendly manner. In the future, relations between brilliant artists radically changed.
Joint work could cause irritation, constant skirmishes, and even the famous episode with the cutting off of Van Gogh's ear occurred in the same period. But there were also positive fruits of interaction between the French and Dutch masters of painting, namely, several wonderful paintings. "Portrait of Van Gogh" is just one of them. Paul Gauguin fulfilled it in 1888.
Gauguin writes Van Gogh in his unique style. Sunflowers so beloved by their colleague are also depicted without imitation of the style of Van Gogh. We see the artist sitting at work. The moment was captured when he froze in the process of a creative flight of thought. In his left hand is a palette painted over with all kinds of color mixes. In the right hand is a brush, brought to the canvas on an easel. The work of the artist is in full swing.
But viewers do not see the result of Van Gogh's art. Gauguin decided to depict a picture turned towards us. One can only guess what the famous post-impressionist writes his favorite flowers - large sunflowers. They stand nearby, on a table, in a beautiful blue vase with patterns.
A plain brown jacket hides the figure of the portrait. A person with a recognizable red beard is shown somewhat rudely. Facial features are obscure, blurry, angular, in many ways differ from the rest of the numerous portraits of Van Gogh.
The background for the portrait is colorful wide strips of different colors, so characteristic of Gauguin's paintings. Pure colors are successfully combined among themselves: yellow, green, light blue and lilac.
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