Mas, near Arles (1888; Arles-sur-tech, France) by Paul Gauguin

Mas, near Arles - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Arles-sur-tech, France

Artwork Information

TitleMas, near Arles
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Arles-sur-tech, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mas, near Arles

The artwork titled “Mas, near Arles” is a landscape painting created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1888. The artist executed this piece during his time in Arles-sur-tech, France, employing oil on canvas as his medium. This work is a representative example of the Post-Impressionism art movement and currently resides in a private collection.

The painting portrays a rustic scene suffused with the warm, vibrant hues characteristic of Gauguin’s palette. In the foreground, a lush assembly of shrubbery, bushes, and trees in a variety of reds, greens, and yellows converge, animating the scene with a sense of wild, natural growth. Amidst these, hints of floral coloration break through, indicating a garden or untamed flora. A meandering stream cuts through the pastoral landscape, creating a natural pathway that leads the eye towards the background.

On the horizon, a building or farmhouse basks in the soft light, its warm yellow facade striking a visual harmony with the surrounding vegetation. The sky above is rendered in a light, almost pastel palette, contrasting with the brightness of the earthly elements below. Despite the apparent tranquility of the scene, Gauguin’s brushwork imbues the landscape with dynamism and energy, his signature approach of blending the boundaries between objects and their environments is well illustrated here. The artwork conveys a sense of place but also reflects the artist’s unique perspective, transforming the scene into a tapestry of interwoven colors and shapes that transcend strict realism.

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