Party wall (1881; France) by Paul Gauguin

Party wall - Paul Gauguin - 1881; France

Artwork Information

TitleParty wall
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1881; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Party wall

The artwork titled “Party Wall,” created by Paul Gauguin in 1881 in France, is an oil on canvas that falls under the Impressionism art movement. It is categorized as a cityscape and is presently part of a Private Collection.

The artwork showcases a vivid depiction of urban nature intertwined with architectural elements. In the foreground, there is an abundance of greenery, with plants and shrubs occupying a large portion of the scene. The lush vegetation gives a sense of wild, untamed growth that contrasts with the man-made structures. Toward the middle ground, there is a seemingly fragmented stone wall that separates the natural elements from the built environment, creating a juxtaposition between the organic and the constructed. The wall is partially covered in foliage, indicating the passage of time and the resilience of nature even within urban confines.

In the background, a tall chimney rises above the scene, its red top standing out against a blue, cloud-swept sky, providing an industrial counterpoint to the scene’s natural elements. The building adjacent to the chimney appears to be old and is painted in muted tones, suggesting age and the integration of the human environment into the landscape over time. The artist’s brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of the Impressionist movement, capturing the transient effects of light and color. The dappling of sunlight and shadow on the surfaces creates a lively interplay that invites the viewer to experience the atmosphere of the setting. Despite being a cityscape, the scene conveys a sense of solitude and tranquility, obscured from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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