Gauguin’s Early Painting
- March 25, 2014
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The Seine at Pont de Grenelle (La Seine au Pont de Grenelle) is one of the earliest known paintings by Paul Gauguin. He signed and dated the painting, 1875, on the bottom right hand side of the painting. The image depicts industrial buildings along the bank of the Seine. The Seine at Pont de Grenelle is one of the few paintings Gauguin completed on a wood panel rather than on canvas.
When Gauguin painted The Seine at Pont de Grenelle he was still earning a living as a stockbroker and had been married to Mette for just a couple of years. It wasn’t for another 7 years that he finally pursued painting as a full-time occupation.
He created two more paintings of the same scene, Le Port de Grenelle and Les Usines Cail et le Quai de Grenelle (Cail Factories and Quai of Grenelle).