The post-impressionist era of France was a time of rebellion against the naturalistic qualities of impressionism and concentrated on the idea of deeper symbolism. Amongst the group of uprising avant-garde artists in France, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) is one of the most influential of his time. After a life long career of experimentation with color and form, Gauguin helped pioneer another artistic movement known as Primitivism. Seeking artistic inspiration, Gauguin resided in Tahiti for six years inspiring him to create his masterpiece “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”. Paul Gauguin’s career heavily impacted the world of Art History and continues to inspire artists to this day.

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“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession number 36.270

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is proud to offer this fine oil on masonite nude primitivist painting by Massachusetts artist George L. Constantine (20th Century). Exhibiting all the characteristics of Primitivism, Constantine is certainly paying homage to the master work of Paul Gauguin in this nude bathing scene. The work depicts six women gathered around a natural spring with an onlooker in the background. A hillside can be seen in the distance with a cottage. The painting was executed masterly by employing simplified colors with defined form. The work is signed on the lower left hand side. Truly one of the finest examples of George L. Constantine’s work. This painting along with five hundred other lots will cross the auction block at noon on Saturday, July 23rd at 63 Fourth Ave, Cranston, RI, 02910. Visit or call 401-533-9980 for more information.


Untitled Primitivist Nude Bathing Scene by George L. Constantine (Massachusetts/Greece, 20th Century)

Post written by Travis Landry