Breton Boy in a Landscape with Goose (1889; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Breton Boy in a Landscape with Goose - Paul Gauguin - 1889; Pont-aven, France

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TitleBreton Boy in a Landscape with Goose
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; Pont-aven, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Breton Boy in a Landscape with Goose

The artwork titled “Breton Boy in a Landscape with Goose” is an oil on canvas painting created by Paul Gauguin in 1889 while he was in Pont-Aven, France. This piece is associated with the Post-Impressionism movement, and it falls under the genre of landscape painting.

The artwork depicts a rural scene with a young boy at its center, surrounded by thick brushstrokes that invoke a sense of vibrant, almost dreamlike vegetation. The boy, dressed in traditional Breton attire, is flanked by a large goose to his right, with several other geese nearby, suggesting a moment of rural life wherein humans and animals coexist. Gauguin’s use of bold colors and simplified forms reflects the Post-Impressionist focus on emotion and abstraction over realistic representation. The landscape itself, with its unconventional color palette of bright greens, oranges, and reds, contrasts with the subdued tones of the Breton boy and the white goose, creating a composition that is at once harmonious and strikingly dynamic. Through this synthesis of color and shape, Gauguin captures the essence of the Breton landscape and its inhabitants in a manner that is uniquely expressive and resonant with the innovative spirit of Post-Impressionism.

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