Gauguin: The face of a Tahitian Woman

Master the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth as you paint this beautiful and compelling portrait by Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women (excerpt) designed by Peter Inglis.

We will use impasto to create the thick, creamy texture of oil paints.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The sketch painting

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
The glorious tropical palette of colours

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin, Two Tahitian Women, 1899
94 cm x 72 cm

To devise this lesson plan I worked from the original and:

  • Analysed the colours
  • Worked out how to mix them using the Chevreaux Colour System
  • Analysed the composition
  • Painted several versions
  • Assessed what was going to be feasible and enjoyable for students to paint, and how long it would take.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Workshopping Gauguin

Student Interpretations

Check out these wonderful paintings from our first Gauguin session in November 2018.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin by Annie.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin by Maria.

Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women, 1899.
Gauguin by Richard.

The students learned a lot about placement of facial features and the role of tone in creating form, while still producing a credible and decorative piece.

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Portrait painting
  • Impasto
  • Liner Brush

Paint this!