Normandy Landscape: Cow in a Meadow (1884; Déville-lès-rouen / Maromme / Déville, France) by Paul Gauguin

Normandy Landscape: Cow in a Meadow - Paul Gauguin - 1884; Déville-lès-rouen / Maromme / Déville, France

Artwork Information

TitleNormandy Landscape: Cow in a Meadow
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1884; Déville-lès-rouen / Maromme / Déville, France
Dimensions55.5 x 46.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Normandy Landscape: Cow in a Meadow

The artwork titled “Normandy Landscape: Cow in a Meadow” is an oil on canvas painting by Paul Gauguin from the year 1884. Created in Déville-lès-Rouen/Maromme/Déville, France, it embodies the Impressionist art movement. The painting’s dimensions are 55.5 by 46.3 cm, and it portrays a landscape genre scene. It is part of a private collection.

The artwork presents a bucolic scene with a cow grazing calmly in a sunlit meadow. Prominently featured is a tree with a distinctive, gnarled trunk, and its foliage is dabbed with a diverse array of swiftly applied brushstrokes, hinting at the leaves’ movement and the play of light filtering through. The cow, while important, is not dominating the scene; it quietly integrates into the landscape, contributing to the tranquil atmosphere. The use of light and shadow creates an impression of depth and volume, both in the grassy meadow and the foliage. The background is composed of various shades of green and hints of buildings, suggesting a rural setting. The painting captures the essence of a fleeting moment, reflective of the Impressionist desire to depict the sensory effects of light and atmosphere.

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