Cabin under the trees (1892; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Cabin under the trees - Paul Gauguin - 1892; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleCabin under the trees
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1892; French Polynesia
Art MovementCloisonnism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Cabin under the trees

The artwork titled “Cabin under the trees” is a creation of the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin, crafted in the year 1892 whilst he was in French Polynesia. This piece is painted with oil on canvas and is a representative of the Cloisonnism art movement, which is characterized by bold and flat forms separated by dark contours. Gauguin was known for being one of the leading figures of this movement. The genre of this artwork is landscape, and it is currently held in a Private Collection.

In “Cabin under the trees,” Gauguin’s characteristic style is evident through the vivid use of color and the simplified forms that give the artwork rhythm and a sense of primitive energy. The artwork depicts a serene surrounding with tall, slender trees that stand firm, contrasting against the lush foliage. The blue trunks are stark against the greenery in the background, suggesting a sort of visual harmony with nature. Beneath the canopy of trees, a cabin, partially obscured by the tall vegetation, integrates seamlessly with the landscape. In the forefront, the ground is rendered in warm hues of yellow and orange, with patches of greenery that hint at the tropical setting.

Gauguin’s signature can be found in the lower right corner, completing the composition and asserting the authenticity of the work. The choice of colors and the composition reflect the artist’s intention to depict the exotic locale and tranquil life far removed from the hustle of modern civilization that he experienced during his terms in Polynesia. The facades of the techniques employed in the Cloisonnism movement are present here, with the outlines surrounding color blocks, giving the artwork a stained-glass effect. Overall, “Cabin under the trees” embodies the essence of Gauguin’s pioneering spirit in Post-Impressionist art and his search for a pure, unadulterated form of expression.

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