Les Alyscamps, Arles (1888) by Paul Gauguin

Les Alyscamps, Arles - Paul Gauguin - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleLes Alyscamps, Arles
ArtistPaul Gauguin
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions35 7/8 x 28 3/8 in. (91 x 72 cm)
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusee d'Orsay, Paris
Location Created Arles-sur-tech, France

About Les Alyscamps, Arles

“Les Alyscamps, Arles” is a notable artwork by Paul Gauguin, a masterful representation of the Post-Impressionist movement. Crafted in 1888, this oil on canvas painting exemplifies the artist’s exploration into the landscape genre. The artwork measures 35 7/8 by 28 3/8 inches (91 x 72 cm) and is presently housed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. Gauguin created this work in Arles-sur-Tech, France, a location which inspired many artists during that period.

The artwork captures a serene yet vibrant scene from Les Alyscamps, an ancient necropolis in Arles, which was a favorite subject among artists of that time, including Gauguin. Gauguin’s portrayal is characterized by its vivid colors and bold brushstrokes that convey the lush foliage and autumnal tones of the landscape. In the foreground, a curving path leads the viewer’s gaze towards a pair of figures walking side by side, which adds a human element and scale to the composition. The towering presence of orange and green foliage on the right contrasts with the architectural structures faintly visible in the background, suggesting the interplay between nature and humanity. The sky is rendered with a lighter touch, providing a pale backdrop that makes the colors of the trees and path even more striking. Gauguin’s use of color and form in this piece exemplifies the Post-Impressionist interest in expressing emotion and harmonies beyond the confines of naturalistic representation.

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