Orchard under the Church of Bihorel (Children in the Pasture) (1884; France) by Paul Gauguin

Orchard under the Church of Bihorel (Children in the Pasture) - Paul Gauguin - 1884; France

Artwork Information

TitleOrchard under the Church of Bihorel (Children in the Pasture)
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1884; France
Dimensions65.5 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

About Orchard under the Church of Bihorel (Children in the Pasture)

The artwork titled “Orchard under the Church of Bihorel (Children in the Pasture)” is a creation of the artist Paul Gauguin, dating back to 1884 and crafted in France. This oil on canvas exemplifies the Impressionist movement, with the canvas measuring 65.5 by 46 centimeters. The painting falls under the landscape genre and is presently housed at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork presents a vibrant and textured portrayal of a pastoral scene, imbued with the light and color that are characteristic of Impressionist works. A lush orchard fills the foreground, dominated by the presence of a robust tree with branches stretching across the canvas. Dappled sunlight filters through the leaves, casting an interplay of light and shadow upon the greenery below. A few figures are integrated into the rural landscape—seemingly children at play or rest in the pasture, suggested by the smaller forms and the ease of their postures. In the middle ground, one notes the suggestive shapes of rural dwellings or farm structures, which sit beneath the eponymous church that is cleverly nestled among the foliage in the background. The church’s silhouette offers a subtle but distinct architectural element against the otherwise natural setting. The loose, energetic brushstrokes and rich palette of greens, yellows, and reds convey the vitality of the outdoor environment, typical of the Impressionist aim to capture the transient effects of light on the natural world. Gauguin’s work in this period reflects his engagement with the contemporary artistic trends of the time, before his later move towards Symbolism and the stylistic developments that characterized his more mature works.

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