Garden under Snow (1879; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Garden under Snow - Paul Gauguin - 1879; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleGarden under Snow
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1879; Paris, France
Dimensions60.5 x 80.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationBudapest Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

About Garden under Snow

The artwork “Garden under Snow” is a landscape painting by renowned artist Paul Gauguin, created in 1879 in Paris, France. This oil on canvas measures 60.5 by 80.5 centimeters and is an embodiment of the Impressionism movement. The piece is currently housed in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary.

The artwork presents a serene, snow-covered garden that reflects the typical Impressionist style of capturing light and atmosphere rather than detailed, realistic imagery. The brushwork is loose and fluid, with short strokes to convey the shimmer of the snow and the bare branches of the trees. The colors are relatively muted, dominated by whites, blues, and earthy tones, suggesting the chill of winter and the subdued palette that accompanies it. There appears to be a gentle interplay between shadow and light, as parts of the landscape are touched by what seems to be weak winter sunlight breaking through the overcast sky. The composition is filled with vertical lines formed by the slender trunks and branches, providing a sense of both growth and dormancy within the natural setting. This portrayal of a simple garden under the transformation of snow capture the fleeting moments of beauty found in everyday scenes, a hallmark of the Impressionist approach to art.

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