Landscape of Brittany (1888; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Landscape of Brittany - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape of Brittany
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Pont-aven, France
Dimensions89.3 x 116.8 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationNational Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan

About Landscape of Brittany

The artwork “Landscape of Brittany” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1888 while in Pont-Aven, France. It is executed in oil on canvas and belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement. Measuring 89.3 x 116.8 cm, the artwork is categorized as a landscape and is currently housed in the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Japan.

“Landscape of Brittany” by Paul Gauguin is a vivid and textured portrayal of rural France. The canvas is filled with a dynamic scene that encapsulates the essence of the Breton countryside. Dominated by earthen tones with intervals of green and patches of sunlit areas, Gauguin has juxtaposed the natural terrain with the human environment and presence. The composition includes a town with rustic houses nestled in the nooks of rolling hills, which are depicted with bold strokes and a sculpted use of paint. Trees, which bear the signs of autumn through their sparse foliage, help to frame the scene, adding depth and verticality to the landscape. Prominently in the foreground, two figures are present, one standing and gazing into the distance and the other possibly engaged in work or rest, their forms contributing to the narrative of daily life amid the surrounding nature. Gauguin’s work reveals his inclination towards a synthesis of form, color, and symbolism, converging to express an emotive and somewhat idyllic perspective on rural existence.

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