In the forest Saint Cloud II (1873; France) by Paul Gauguin

In the forest Saint Cloud II - Paul Gauguin - 1873; France

Artwork Information

TitleIn the forest Saint Cloud II
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1873; France
Dimensions24 x 34 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About In the forest Saint Cloud II

The artwork titled “In the forest Saint Cloud II” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1873, hailing from France. This oil on canvas work is a notable example from the Impressionism movement, measuring a modest 24 by 34 centimeters. As a landscape genre painting, it currently resides in a private collection.

The artwork “In the forest Saint Cloud II” depicts a serene forest scene with an intricate play of light and shadow, emblematic of Impressionist techniques. The foreground shows a calm dusty pathway meandering through the woods, drawing the viewer’s eye into the depths of the forest. The dappled sunlight filters through the canopy of trees, creating patterns of light and shade on the ground and the trees’ trunks. Figures can be seen resting in the shade, contributing a sense of serenity and leisure to the scene, which echoes the 19th-century French bourgeois society’s interest in nature and escape from urban life. In the background, hints of blue sky peek through the foliage, contributing to the feeling of depth and openness in the composition. The brushwork is loose and expressive, which allows the vibrant essence of the forest to emerge, reflecting the transient effects of light that the Impressionists endeavored to capture.

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