Brittany landscape with women carrying sack (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

Brittany landscape with women carrying sack - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleBrittany landscape with women carrying sack
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Brittany landscape with women carrying sack

The artwork “Brittany landscape with women carrying sack” is an oil on canvas painting by the artist Paul Gauguin, completed in the year 1889 in France. It belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement, characterized by a continuance and rejection of Impressionist motifs. This painting falls under the genre of landscape and incorporates the common elements of its time, conveying a scene from Brittany with an emphasis on color, line, and form.

The painting depicts an evocative landscape filled with undulating forms and rich, earthy color palettes which are quintessential to Gauguin’s style. In the foreground, there are women, rendered with broad, simplified strokes, conveying their peasant nature. They are shown carrying heavy sacks, indicating a scene of rural labor. The background features an exuberantly colorful sky that complements the dark foliage of the trees. The trees themselves, twisted and stylized, stand as dynamic elements against the sky.

Gauguin’s approach to the subject matter eschews detailed realism in favor of an almost symbolic representation of the landscape and figures within it. Different elements in the artwork are treated with varying degrees of abstraction, resulting in a lush and emotionally resonant composition that straddles the line between representation and stylization. The overall effect is one of mystery and timeless rural life, rendered through the eyes of a Post-Impressionist master.

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