Lollichon’s Field and the Church of Pont-Aven (1886; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Lollichon's Field and the Church of Pont-Aven - Paul Gauguin - 1886; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleLollichon's Field and the Church of Pont-Aven
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1886; Pont-aven, France
Dimensions71.3 x 92 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Lollichon's Field and the Church of Pont-Aven

“Lollichon’s Field and the Church of Pont-Aven” is an exquisite artwork by Paul Gauguin, created in 1886 while he was in Pont-Aven, France. The piece is a testament to Gauguin’s post-impressionist approach, employing oil on canvas as his medium. It measures 71.3 cm by 92 cm and is classified within the landscape genre. Presently, this remarkable work resides within a private collection.

The artwork captures a bucolic and serene scene, characteristic of the rural landscapes of Brittany. In the foreground, one can observe a thatched cottage, echoing the traditional architecture typical of the region. A figure, likely a villager, stands by, tending to cows, thereby infusing the work with a sense of pastoral life and daily routine. The middle ground is dominated by open fields, rendered with the lush tones of the countryside. Gauguin’s use of vibrant, yet harmonious colors, underlines the tranquil atmosphere of the composition. The church spire of Pont-Aven punctuates the skyline, emerging from the greenery to add both verticality and a spiritual dimension to the scene. The play of light and shadow, alongside the vigorous brushwork, exemplify Gauguin’s departure from the precise realism of earlier art movements, steering toward a personal expression that would deeply influence modern art.

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