Landscape with two goats (1897; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Landscape with two goats - Paul Gauguin - 1897; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape with two goats
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1897; French Polynesia
Dimensions97 x 73 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Landscape with two goats

“Landscape with Two Goats” is an artwork by Paul Gauguin, a renowned post-Impressionist artist. The piece, which hails from French Polynesia, was created in 1897 using oil on canvas. Measuring 97 by 73 centimeters, this landscape genre painting is currently housed in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The artwork features a serene landscape, possibly inspired by the bucolic settings Gauguin was surrounded by during his time in French Polynesia. Central to the composition are two goats, one lying down and one standing on what appears to be a hillside. Their subdued coloration contrasts with the overall earthy palette of the painting. The background reveals elements of tropical foliage and what seems to be a body of water, reflecting Gauguin’s distinctive style of bold outlines and a vivid yet harmonious blend of colors. There is a sense of tranquil isolation within the scene. On the right side of the artwork, barely discernible due to the painting’s style and color scheme, stands a figure that appears to be gazing out towards the horizon. Gauguin’s Post-Impressionist influence is evident through his use of color and abstract shapes to evoke mood, rather than to provide a realistic depiction of the landscape. Overall, the artwork exudes an atmosphere of calm introspection, inviting the viewer to ponder the quiet and untamed aspects of nature.

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