Cottages on Mount Sainte Marguerite (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

Cottages on Mount Sainte Marguerite - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

TitleCottages on Mount Sainte Marguerite
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Cottages on Mount Sainte Marguerite

The artwork entitled “Cottages on Mount Sainte Marguerite,” created by the renowned artist Paul Gauguin in 1888, emanates from France and is a celebrated exemplar of the Post-Impressionist movement. Crafted using oil on panel, this landscape is held within a private collection and encapsulates the artist’s unique perspective and style, breaking from the constraints of Impressionism and embracing a bold, expressive use of color and form.

Observing the artwork, one is greeted with a bucolic scene capturing the tranquil essence of rural life. The composition features a series of cottages nestled amidst undulating hills. Gauguin employs a vivid palette to portray the variegated textures of the landscape. Earthy tones dominate the field, while hints of green, suggestive of vegetation, punctuate the color scheme. The pastoral setting is further accented by a cow peacefully grazing in the foreground, adding to the serene ambiance. Gauguin’s brushstrokes are palpable and dynamic, contributing to the overall vibrancy and liveliness of the scene. The artwork conveys a sense of harmony between the man-made structures and the natural world, a theme often explored by the artist. With its rhythmic use of color and form, “Cottages on Mount Sainte Marguerite” is a testament to Gauguin’s innovative approach to capturing the spirit of the landscape he observed.

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