Meadow in Martinique (1887; Martinique) by Paul Gauguin

Meadow in Martinique - Paul Gauguin - 1887; Martinique

Artwork Information

TitleMeadow in Martinique
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1887; Martinique
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Meadow in Martinique

The artwork titled “Meadow in Martinique” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1887, during his time in Martinique. This oil on canvas painting belongs to the Post-Impressionism movement, a genre known for its departure from Impressionism’s focus on the natural depiction of light and color and towards more symbolic content. Gauguin’s piece is a landscape genre painting that is currently part of a private collection, indicating that it is not on public display and thus accessible primarily through reproductions or by private viewing.

“Meadow in Martinique” by Paul Gauguin is characterized by its lush depiction of the tropical environment of Martinique, a remarkable setting that provided the artist with new vibrant visual inspirations. The painting encompasses a vivid palette that highlights the intense and varied hues found in the natural world of this island. Gauguin’s distinctive brushwork gives texture to the foliage and grasses, creating a dynamic surface that suggests the vibrancy and movement of the landscape.

The composition is balanced with contrasting elements: the full, dense tree on the left juxtaposed with the slender palms on the right, and the warm, sunlit meadow that occupies the middle ground. There is a harmony in the color scheme where the earthen tones of the meadow and trees are complemented by the patches of blue and green in the background, likely representing vegetation and the sky; these nuances create a cohesive yet diverse landscape.

In the foreground, there are small figures and perhaps animals, which are subtly included, merging with the surroundings and reinforcing the sense of the landscape dominating over human presence. Overall, the painting conveys the tranquil and untamed beauty of the Martinican landscape, reflecting Gauguin’s search for an Edenic environment and his inclination towards incorporating the essence of his subjects by use of symbolic and bold representation rather than strict realism.

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