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

Landscape with geese - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Arles-sur-tech, France

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape with geese
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Arles-sur-tech, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape with geese

“Landscapes with Geese” is an exquisite work of art by the renowned Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, executed in the year 1888 during his time in Arles-sur-tech, France. This painting is an oil on canvas showcasing Gauguin’s exploration into the Post-Impressionist movement, and it is categorized as a landscape. Though currently the artwork is held in a private collection, it remains a testament to Gauguin’s craftsmanship and his contribution to the Post-Impressionist movement.

The artwork presents a serene landscape, a tranquil scene where geese are depicted wading and swimming in a waterway that dominates the composition’s foreground. The artist’s use of color and brushwork imbues the scene with a subdued yet vibrant atmosphere. Seasonal hues adorn the landscape, suggesting the changing of natural light and its impact on the surroundings. Reflections dance on the surface of the water, rendered through dappled strokes of color which skillfully emulate the fluidity of the stream. Trees line the bank while autumnal leaves appear to have fallen into the water, adding to the intricate patchwork of colors and impressions. There is an inherent stillness to the scene, yet it vibrates with Gauguin’s signature use of bold and non-naturalistic colors. The painter’s handling of light and shadow, along with the textured application of paint, create depth and dimension within the work. The geese, main characters of this scene, provide a focal point and a sense of scale, but also contribute to the overall feeling of peaceful coexistence with nature. This work is evocative of Gauguin’s ability to capture the essence of a moment in nature while imbuing it with emotional and symbolic depth, characteristics celebrated in Post-Impressionism.

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