Meadow at the banks of Aven (1888; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Meadow at the banks of Aven - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleMeadow at the banks of Aven
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Pont-aven, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Meadow at the banks of Aven

Created in 1888 by Paul Gauguin, the artwork titled “Meadow at the banks of Aven” is a quintessential example of Post-Impressionist landscape painting. Gauguin completed this piece in Pont-Aven, France, using oil on canvas as his medium. As typical of Post-Impressionism, the artwork reflects a move away from the naturalism of its precursors and favors an emphasis on symbolic content, abstract form, and bold color. The piece is part of a private collection and showcases Gauguin’s unique style during a profoundly influential period in art history.

The artwork depicts a serene pastoral scene characterized by vibrant and expressive brushstrokes. In the forefront, patches of lush vegetation in varied shades of green are interspersed with hints of vivid red and purple, indicating flowers or blossoming plants. A tranquil river meanders through the meadow, reflecting the varied hues of the environment. Central to the composition is a grazing cow, painted with a simplicity that suggests a peaceful symbiosis with nature. The background is dominated by a gently sloping hill, upon which the outline of trees can be discerned against the sky. The horizon is subtly defined, letting the sweeping shapes and juxtapositions of color take precedence over detail. A few trees punctuate the composition, their autumnal leaves rendered in warm hues that contrast with the overall cooler tones of the meadow.

This artwork embodies Gauguin’s exploration of color and form, which were central to the Post-Impressionist movement, setting a course for the modern art that would follow.

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