A Henhouse (1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark) by Paul Gauguin

A Henhouse - Paul Gauguin - 1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark

Artwork Information

TitleA Henhouse
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1884; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About A Henhouse

The artwork titled “A Henhouse” is an oil on canvas painting created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1884. The painting was executed in Amagerbro, a neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is an exemplar of the Impressionism art movement, categorized under the landscape genre. Currently, the artwork is held in a private collection.

The artwork presents a pastoral scene dominated by warm, earthy tones that suffuse the entire composition with a sense of tranquility and natural simplicity. In the center of the view, several hens are depicted amidst an open area of dappled sunlight and shadow. To the left, a robust tree with a dense canopy of leaves casts its shadows on the ground, showing the artist’s attention to the interplay of light. The background features rural buildings with reddish roofs, which add contrast to the predominantly amber and green hues of the landscape. Gauguin’s brushwork is loose and expressive, typical of the Impressionist style, enabling a vibrant surface that captures the fleeting effects of light and color. The artwork conveys the serenity of rural life through the nuanced rendering of light and meticulous composition.

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