I am having a week where I need to find those things that make me happy. The White Horse by Paul Gauguin has been my favorite painting for a very long time. I have done numerous color studies of this painting. The flow of the motion in the painting and the richness of it are expanded by the small dabs of intensely bright complimentary colors. The color palette is not typically Gauguin. I was told in high school that Gauguin was commissioned to paint this painting by an apothecary who then refused to pay for it because the horse is not actually white. The horse is green tones to simulate white within the painting.
Tomorrow I will write about Olympia by Edouard Manet. Another favorite.