Coming and going, Martinique (1897; Martinique) by Paul Gauguin

Coming and going, Martinique - Paul Gauguin - 1897; Martinique

Artwork Information

TitleComing and going, Martinique
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1897; Martinique
Dimensions72.2 x 92 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

About Coming and going, Martinique

“Coming and going, Martinique” is a notable artwork created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1897, during his time in Martinique. The medium employed for this landscape painting is oil on canvas, with dimensions measuring 72.2 by 92 centimeters. As a work belonging to the Post-Impressionism movement, it captures the lush, vibrant environment that Gauguin experienced on the island. Currently, the painting is housed in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum located in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a verdant scene rich with tropical foliage and imbued with an air of tranquil daily life. In the foreground, one can observe figures that are seemingly engaged in casual, everyday activities, mingling with the elements of the natural environment that surrounds them. The bold use of color and expressive brushwork are emblematic of Gauguin’s post-impressionistic style, seeking to express emotion and symbolism rather than solely representational accuracy. A red path meanders through the composition, leading the viewer’s eye past the figures and deeper into the lush greenery. In the distance, hints of architectural structures add a sense of human presence within this idyllic landscape. The sky, possibly indicating the start or end of the day, reveals an array of warm hues that complement the cooler tones of the vegetation, evoking a sense of the climate and atmosphere unique to Martinique. This juxtaposition of humans in harmony with nature is a recurring theme in Gauguin’s work, reflecting his search for an Edenic purity away from the industrialized world.

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