Landscape with two breton women (1889; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Landscape with two breton women - Paul Gauguin - 1889; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape with two breton women
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; Pont-aven, France
Dimensions72.4 x 91.4 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA, US

About Landscape with two breton women

The artwork titled “Landscape with Two Breton Women” is a creation of the artist Paul Gauguin, dating back to the year 1889, inspired by the surroundings of Pont-Aven, France. This piece is rendered in oil on canvas and is a representative work of the Post-Impressionism movement. The dimensions of this landscape genre painting measure 72.4 x 91.4 cm. Presently, it is housed at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, MA, United States.

In the artwork, one observes a rural scene infused with Gauguin’s unique use of color and form characteristic of his Post-Impressionist style. Two women, presumed to be Breton peasants, are depicted in traditional attire, engaging with the landscape, which suggests a moment of repose or conversation. The artist’s use of bold, flat regions of color combined with a dynamic and somewhat abstract depiction of the natural elements achieves both a decorative and expressive quality. The vividness of the colors and the manner in which the vegetation and the figures interplay suggest an interest in the symbolic and emotional potential of the landscape, an approach that departs significantly from naturalistic representation. The forms are simplified and the contours pronounced, reflecting Gauguin’s evolutionary art style that would later become influential for future art movements, like Primitivism. The painting captures the essence of rural life in Brittany, revealing how the landscape and the people therein are deeply intertwined.

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