Pissarro’s Garden, Pontoise (1881; Cergy-pontoise, France) by Paul Gauguin

Pissarro's Garden, Pontoise - Paul Gauguin - 1881; Cergy-pontoise, France

Artwork Information

TitlePissarro's Garden, Pontoise
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1881; Cergy-pontoise, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Pissarro's Garden, Pontoise

The artwork, “Pissarro’s Garden, Pontoise,” was painted by Paul Gauguin in 1881. It is an oil on canvas piece that exemplifies the Impressionist movement. This cityscape genre of painting is presently held in a private collection. Gauguin crafted this piece in Cergy-Pontoise, France, capturing the essence of his contemporary Camille Pissarro’s garden with a rich, textural portrayal that is characteristic of Impressionism.

In “Pissarro’s Garden, Pontoise,” viewers are presented with a peaceful and vividly colored garden scene. The brushwork is loose and fluid, allowing the colors to blend on the canvas, creating soft edges and an atmosphere typical of Impressionist works. A sense of depth is achieved through the layering of natural elements such as trees, shrubs, and flowers, which lead the eye to domestic structures in the background. The garden pathway draws the viewer into the composition, while the representation of light suggests it is a sunny day. The artwork captures a moment in time, reflecting Gauguin’s interest in the transitory effects of light and color, and offering a snapshot of rural French life in the 19th century.

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