Landscape at Le Pouldu, the isolated house (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

Landscape at Le Pouldu, the isolated house - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Le Pouldu, the isolated house
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape at Le Pouldu, the isolated house

“Landscape at Le Pouldu, the isolated house” is an exquisite illustration of the Post-Impressionist movement, crafted by the renowned artist Paul Gauguin in 1889, within the bounds of France. This landscape, with its blend of oil on canvas, typifies the bold and innovative approaches characteristic of the era following Impressionism. The artwork, regrettably, resides in a private collection and is not available for public viewing.

In the artwork, a tranquil rural vista unfolds, defined by a synthesis of rolling hills and vast skies. Gauguin’s use of vibrant and contrasting hues paints an idyllic scene, taking the spectator to the rugged coastal area of Le Pouldu. The canvas is dominated by a broad expanse of sky, depicted in nuanced shades that transition from the warm light of the horizon to the cooler tones above.

The composition is anchored by the depiction of a solitary house, its stark white walls contrasting with the surrounding verdure and earthen tones. This building seems to withstand the test of time, nestled amid the undulating landscape. The presence of a cow and a figure of a woman adds life to the scene, offering a glimpse into the bucolic existence. The woman, adorned in period attire, appears to be in mid-stride, possibly tending to her daily tasks, while the cow leisurely grazes, oblivious to its picturesque surroundings.

In the distance, the sea merges with the horizon, with the hint of a sailing vessel implying narratives of travel or commerce. Gauguin’s handling of the landscape elements showcases his deviation from realist conventions, steering towards the emotional and symbolic content expressed through color and form—hallmarks of Post-Impressionist artistry.

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