Huts under Trees (1887; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Huts under Trees - Paul Gauguin - 1887; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleHuts under Trees
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1887; Paris, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Huts under Trees

The artwork entitled “Huts under Trees” is an oil on canvas painting created by artist Paul Gauguin in 1887, during his time in Paris, France. This piece is an exemplar of the Post-Impressionist movement, to which Gauguin was a significant contributor. As a landscape genre painting, it embodies the stylistic characteristics of Post-Impressionism, such as the use of bold colors and expressive brushwork. The artwork is currently housed within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a serene landscape scene, richly layered with an array of green hues that suggest the lushness of vegetation. The huts in the title are nestled amidst the foliage, imbued with warm orange and yellow tones that contrast with the cooler shades of the surrounding trees and greenery. Overarching branches heavily laden with leaves dominate the upper portion of the canvas, framing the scene below. The presence of figures and a dog introduces a human element to the composition, providing a glimpse into rural life. Utilizing a blend of light and shadow, Gauguin creates a sense of depth and atmosphere, evoking a tranquil harmony between nature and the dwellings within it. The distinct brushstrokes and the play with color manifest the Post-Impressionistic approach of moving away from the naturalistic representations of earlier movements, offering a more subjective and emotional portrayal of the world.

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