Breton village under snow (1894; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Breton village under snow - Paul Gauguin - 1894; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleBreton village under snow
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1894; Paris, France
Dimensions62 x 87 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Breton village under snow

The artwork titled “Breton Village under Snow” is a notable creation of Paul Gauguin executed in 1894 in Paris, France. This oil on canvas piece exemplifies the Post-Impressionism movement, spanning dimensions of 62 by 87 centimeters. Classified within the landscape genre, this painting is part of the collection at the Musée d’Orsay, located in Paris, France.

The artwork illustrates a serene snow-clad village scene. Gentle hues of white and soft pastels portray the snow, resonating with the quietude of a rural winter. Central to the composition is the village church, distinguished by its vivid red spire piercing the wintry sky, providing a focal point amidst the encompassing calm. Thatched cottages with snow-laden roofs intersperse the scene, harmoniously embedded within the landscape. Bare trees in the foreground are depicted with slender, pencil-like lines, indicative of the dormant life in the cold season. The contrasting elements of the painting—a warm-toned edifice against the cool snow-blanketed ground—reflect Gauguin’s unique Post-Impressionist approach, intermingling natural depiction with emotional resonance and bold color choices.

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