Fleurs dans un vase avec partition musicale (Flowers in vase with musical score) is an outstanding still life displaying Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin's remarkable eye for composition. Thickly-layered paint and luminous colors, hallmarks of Gauguin's distinctive style, are used to their utmost effect in this remarkable oil. Paintings by Gauguin hardly ever become available for acquisition. This particular work was executed early in the artist's career, and is indescribably rare since he created so few compositions during this period.
This wonderful still life provides a rare glimpse of the burgeoning artist exploring the use of color, technique and perspective with the fluidity of a born master. It is in this composition that the viewer can discern the technical proficiency that attracted the attention and admiration of fellow artists, including Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas. It was Pissarro who convinced Gauguin to enter a painting to the Salon of 1876. Pissarro and Degas were so taken by his work that they invited Gauguin to exhibit at the 1879 Impressionist Exhibition and subsequent exhibitions thereafter. When the Impressionists held their last official exhibition in 1886, Gauguin continued to associate with Pissarro as the movement evolved into Post-Impressionism.
Known for his striking paintings of Tahitian women, Paul Gauguin created scenes of incredible passion, liveliness and balance. Blessed with a unique sense of color and zest for life, he originally painted only as a hobby, and transformed this pastime into his life's work in 1882, when the Paris stock market crash cost him his job as a stock broker. Reflecting his distinct individuality, Gauguin's work is instantly recognizable today for its exuberance and daring beauty.
Fleurs dans un vase avec partition musicale is accompanied by a letter of authenticity by The Art Loss Register and is featured in the Wildenstein catalog raisonné on the artist.