Oestervold Park, Copenhagen (1885; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark) by Paul Gauguin

Oestervold Park, Copenhagen - Paul Gauguin - 1885; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark

Artwork Information

TitleOestervold Park, Copenhagen
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1885; Amagerbro / Copenhagen / Amagerbro, Denmark
Dimensions59.1 x 72.7 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, UK

About Oestervold Park, Copenhagen

“Oestervold Park, Copenhagen” is an artwork by artist Paul Gauguin, created in 1885. This oil on canvas painting is an exemplar of the Impressionism movement, featuring dimensions of 59.1 by 72.7 centimeters. It can be described as a landscape genre painting and is currently housed at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, UK. The painting captures a scenic view of the Oestervold Park in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Gauguin portrays the natural beauty of the park’s environs.

The artwork presents a lush landscape that seems to encapsulate a serene moment in the park. Gauguin’s treatment of light and color reflects the principles of the Impressionist movement, in which artists sought to capture the ephemeral qualities of light playing across natural forms. The brushwork is loose and appears spontaneous, allowing the viewer to sense the movement of the leaves and the ripples on the water’s surface. The foreground is dominated by the water, with the impression of sunlight dancing on its surface, while various shades of green and touches of autumnal hues bring the trees and vegetation to life. The sky is rendered with broad, sweeping strokes that suggest a dynamic and changing heavens above. One can observe that the artist has skilfully used contrasts between light and shadow to create depth and to emphasize the organic shapes of the park. Overall, the artwork conveys a harmonious and tranquil atmosphere, inviting contemplation of the natural world.

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