Paris in the snow (1894; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

Paris in the snow - Paul Gauguin - 1894; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleParis in the snow
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1894; Paris, France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

About Paris in the snow

The artwork entitled “Paris in the snow” was created by the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1894, during his time in Paris, France. This oil on canvas piece is an embodiment of the Post-Impressionism movement, capturing a cityscape genre. The painting belongs to the collection at the Van Gogh Museum located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The artwork presents a view of Paris blanketed in snow, with the city’s architecture and the silhouettes of trees juxtaposed against the wintry backdrop. Gauguin’s use of color is evident in the varying shades of the buildings and the sky, which add depth and contrast to the scene. The snow-covered branches in the foreground create a sense of immediacy, drawing the viewer into the scene as if standing at the window through which Gauguin suggests we are looking.

The brushwork varies from smooth areas of blended color to more textured and impasto strokes, demonstrating Gauguin’s versatility and willingness to experiment within his compositions. There is an evident interplay between the urban elements and the natural world, highlighted by the starkness of the snow, which unifies the scene with a gentle calmness despite the chill it suggests.

The lower right corner bears Gauguin’s signature, anchoring the piece as his creation and leaving a tangible mark of his presence within the artwork’s historical context. The overall effect of “Paris in the snow” is one that captures the stillness and quiet beauty of a city momentarily paused by the natural occurrence of snowfall, showcasing Gauguin’s fascination with the environment around him and his capacity to portray it in a manner that is both evocative and reflective.

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