playing with Gauguin
his artistic skills were overlooked because he wanted the world to see him as a wild, primitive adventurer rather than a painter who works elaborated and sophisticated - without appearing sleek or perfectionistic.
i like the painting of the Maori girls he made in 1902 (left side .. haha - nearly didn't guess it, did you?).
there are some aspects he made use of that i wanted to interpret in another way:
he drew in a non-plastic, two-dimensional way, giving the figures a strong and defined contour
he used a harmonic composition, simultaneously a "jumping" perspective which made is possible to see more than one world in one picture
he returned to simple, primary elements and searched for a new, two-dimensional and ornamental arrangement of areas with simplified and reduced forms
he wanted to picture emotions throughout abstraction, line/color/form. he believed that art is abstraction/deformation rather than reproducing nature.
i tried to abstract and accent the contour with using just one line within the whole drawing. i decided to reduce my drawing to the figures in Gauguin's painting, deforming and simplifying them.
it was fun following his composition and trying to create something new out of it. i don't want to arrogantly compare my skills to his - i just want to understand his work better and be inspired to learn for my own drawings.