Landscape at Arles (1888; Arles-sur-tech, France) by Paul Gauguin

Landscape at Arles - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Arles-sur-tech, France

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Arles
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Arles-sur-tech, France
Dimensions72.5 x 92 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationNationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

About Landscape at Arles

The artwork entitled “Landscape at Arles” by Paul Gauguin is an oil on canvas painting that dates back to 1888 and was created in Arles-sur-tech, France. As a work of the Post-Impressionism movement, it measures 72.5 by 92 centimeters and represents a landscape genre. This piece is currently housed at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Depicting a rural scene, the artwork captures the rustic charm of the countryside around Arles with vivid, expressive colors that are characteristic of Gauguin’s Post-Impressionist style. It features a winding path that leads the eye through the composition, bordered by fields and foliage in a rich tapestry of orange, yellow, green, and red hues. The sky is rendered with light brushstrokes, giving it a dynamic texture that contrasts with the solid forms of trees and plants. In the distance, structures add a human presence to the landscape, while closer to the foreground, figures can be seen, providing a sense of scale and life to the scene. Gauguin’s use of color is bold and unconventional, reflecting the artist’s move away from naturalism towards a more symbolic and emotional use of color and form.

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