A big tree (1891) by Paul Gauguin

A big tree - Paul Gauguin - 1891

Artwork Information

TitleA big tree
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Dimensions73 x 91.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About A big tree

The artwork titled “A big tree” was created by artist Paul Gauguin in 1891. This work, executed in oil on jute, is a notable example of the Post-Impressionism movement. The physical dimensions of the piece measure approximately 73 by 91.5 centimeters. Classified as a genre painting, it is housed at the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The artwork depicts a tropical scene characterized by vivid, expressive coloring and a bold use of form, reflecting Gauguin’s Post-Impressionist style which sought to convey emotional experience rather than realism. Dominated by a large tree that bends towards the right, the scene incorporates various elements of nature and human presence. Under the expansive foliage, a figure reclines on the ground, seemingly at rest or in contemplation, while another figure is kneeling, possibly tending to the earth. A third figure stands in the background with a bicycle, creating a juxtaposition between the natural environment and a suggestion of modernity. The color palette is rich with warm hues, and the overall composition creates a sense of harmony and tranquility within a tropical locale. Gauguin’s signature is clearly visible in the lower right corner, anchoring the painting to its creator.

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