A breton landscape. David’s mill. (1894; France) by Paul Gauguin

A breton landscape. David's mill. - Paul Gauguin - 1894; France

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TitleA breton landscape. David's mill.
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1894; France
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About A breton landscape. David's mill.

“A Breton Landscape. David’s Mill” is a notable work by Paul Gauguin, a master of Post-Impressionism, created in 1894, during his time in France. This oil on canvas landscape painting measures 73 x 92 centimeters and is part of the collection at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

The artwork exudes the vibrant color palette and bold forms characteristic of Post-Impressionist art. Set against an idyllic countryside, the painting features David’s Mill as the architectural focal point, with its pale facade standing prominently at the left side of the composition. A sinuous waterway beneath the mill mirrors the sky’s hue, enhancing the serene atmosphere. The landscape is depicted using vivid and somewhat unnatural colors, showcasing Gauguin’s departure from realistic representations and his move towards a more expressive and symbolic use of color.

Figures are visible in the foreground; a pair of individuals, one in a red garment, suggests a moment of human activity within the tranquil setting. A solitary animal, perhaps a dog, accompanies the human figures, adding a sense of life to the scene. Slender trees with minimal foliage rise vertically, drawing the eye upwards and creating a stark contrast with the rounded, undulating forms of the hills adorned with autumnal shades in the background. The sky, brushed with gentle pastels, complements the earthy tones and contributes to an overall sense of harmony. The blending of the natural and the stylized epitomizes Gauguin’s unique approach to capturing the essence of a landscape rather than its literal appearance.

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