Geese in the meadow (1885; France) by Paul Gauguin

Geese in the meadow - Paul Gauguin - 1885; France

Artwork Information

TitleGeese in the meadow
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1885; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPortland Museum of Art (PMA), Portland, ME, US

About Geese in the meadow

Paul Gauguin’s artwork, “Geese in the meadow,” created in 1885 in France, is an oil on canvas that exemplifies the Impressionist movement. This landscape genre painting is part of the collection at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, United States. The artwork captures an idyllic rural scene with a vivid sense of life and the transient effects of light.

Examining the artwork, one is immediately struck by the vivid, dappled sunlight that plays upon the meadow, indicative of Gauguin’s Impressionism influence. Softly brush-stroked patches of green grass are interspersed with the yellows and oranges of the foliage, creating a sense of depth and the vibrant change of seasons. A group of geese occupies the foreground, lending movement to the composition as they appear to be captured mid-motion, likely directed by the subtle presence of a human figure. A rustic setting unfolds in the background, where modest buildings nestle amidst the sheltering trees, imbuing the scene with a serene ambiance. The sky overhead, a tapestry of blues and whites, suggests a fair weather day filled with fleeting clouds. Gauguin’s use of color and form instills a harmonious blend of the natural and the domestic within this tranquil landscape.

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