Lollichon Field (1886; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Lollichon Field - Paul Gauguin - 1886; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleLollichon Field
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1886; Pont-aven, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationLos Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, US

About Lollichon Field

“Lollichon Field” is an oil on canvas landscape painting by Paul Gauguin, created in 1886 while he was in Pont-Aven, France. This work is aligned with the Post-Impressionism art movement. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) located in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The artwork presents a serene countryside scene marked by rustic thatched-roof dwellings nestled amid lush vegetation. The central cottage, bathed in a warm palette of peach and coral tones, dominates the foreground and draws the viewer’s attention with its quaint charm. Subtle shadows grace the building’s face, suggesting the soft light of either dawn or dusk. The thatched roof exhibits textural details, suggesting a tactile roughness that contrasts with the smooth, distant fields.

To the right, a robust tree canopy arches over the cottage, its dense foliage depicted with vigorous brushstrokes that add dynamism to the tranquil landscape. An array of greens, infused with hints of auburn, evokes the changing seasons and the cycle of natural life. The horizon is marked by tiered planes of color, showcasing Gauguin’s evolving style during this period—moving toward flatter, more abstracted forms that would later distinguish his mature work.

The presence of a figure lying in the grass, possibly a representation of leisure or agricultural labor at rest, adds a human dimension to the otherwise quiet and evocative rural setting. In the distance, the patchwork of verdant fields merges with the soft blue of the sky, demonstrating Gauguin’s skill at capturing the tranquil essence of the Brittany countryside. The skillful play of color and form reflects the key characteristics of the Post-Impressionist movement, in which artists sought to convey emotion and meaning beyond the naturalistic depictions of their Impressionist predecessors.

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