Landscape at Pont-Aven (1886; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Landscape at Pont-Aven - Paul Gauguin - 1886; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape at Pont-Aven
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1886; Pont-aven, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape at Pont-Aven

“Landscape at Pont-Aven” is a notable work by the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin, created in 1886 during his time in Pont-Aven, France. This oil on canvas exemplifies the Post-Impressionism movement, known for its vivid colors, thick application of paint, and real-life subject matter, but with a greater emphasis on geometric forms, distortion, and sometimes unnatural or arbitrary color. The landscape genre is clearly represented in this artwork, which is not on public display as it belongs to a private collection.

In the artwork, Gauguin captures a rural scene filled with lush greenery and the rustic architecture typical of the Pont-Aven area. One can observe a large, windswept tree at the forefront, which dominates the composition and appears to dance with the movement of the brush strokes. The blend of green hues conveys the vitality of the natural surroundings, while the gentle ochres and earth tones suggest a late summer or early autumn setting. In the background, houses are nestled among the rolling hills, providing a glimpse of rural life. The manner in which Gauguin renders the scenery—with bold, expressive brushwork and a harmonic color palette—reflects his departure from Impressionism and his progression towards the symbolism that he would later be known for. The scene is serene and yet full of a dynamic energy that is characteristic of Gauguin’s approach to landscape painting during this period of his career.

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