Date: 1889; Pont-aven, France
Period: Breton period
Genre: allegorical painting
Media: oil, canvas
Tag: allegories-and-symbols, Jesus-Christ, Crucifixion
Location: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US
Dimensions: 92 x 73 cm
The Yellow Christ, in addition to The Green Christ, also painted by Gaugin, is said to be one of the key works in Cloisonnism. The Christ in the painting is a direct representation of a crucifix in Pont-Avon, France, where Gaugin visited to paint a number of times. It depicts a yellow form of Christ being crucified in 19th century northern France. French Breton women gather around the cross in prayer. The only shading in the painting is of the women bowed in prayer, the figure of Christ on the cross clearly outlined in black, and his form is flat, typical of the Gaugin’s symbolic style.