The Beautiful Angel was produce in the same inn where Angelique worked. Before creating the painting, Paul expressed that he would be making a piece of Madam Sartre to her husband, who approved. This artwork features an attractive and unique contradiction between the title and the content. The image on the piece does not resemble the typical image of a beautiful angel. However, contrast is not a new concept to Paul. He always sought to convey his unique aesthetic ideas to viewers through his masterpieces.
The painting's subject is located in the foreground, where the viewers cannot miss a thing. The subject is a peasant girl or woman. The woman features a ruddy face with poke-in eyes and a big nose. She also has hooked hands. The background is separated from the subject by a frame. While it is widely known that the image was a portrayal of Madam Sartre, Paul did not aim to achieve complete resemblance. This is why he distorted her facial features and dressed her in a traditional embroidery Breton costume. This is a unique style and choice that does not correspond to the conventions of academic paintings. Art lovers and critics quite positively review this piece of art by Paul Gauguin.
The style that Paul Gauguin used in this painting is heavily influenced by Japonism. The Japonism art style was quite popular in the late 1980s in Paris, where the artwork was produced. Art Critics also suggest that the painting's outlandish figure in a Peruvian style. The name of the artwork is written in large capital letters at the bottom of the canvas. The use of large capital letters, according to art critics, is a subtle hint at emerging primitivism.
It is worth noting that the painting was gifted to the mother to Madam Sartre, who is believed to be the subject. However, Madam Sartre herself rejected the gift. It is presumed that she did not appreciate the distortions and the appearance of the subject. Her mother, on the other hand, said that receiving the painting was an honor. Regardless, the painting went on to be one of the best works by Gauguin. Gauguin himself was pleased with the outcome, according to people who knew him.