Quarries at Pontoise (1882; France) by Paul Gauguin

Quarries at Pontoise - Paul Gauguin - 1882; France

Artwork Information

TitleQuarries at Pontoise
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1882; France
Dimensions60 x 73 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Quarries at Pontoise

The artwork “Quarries at Pontoise” was created by the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin in 1882, during his time in France. The oil on canvas piece measures 60 by 73 centimeters and is rendered in the Impressionist style, typical of the era’s avant-garde approaches to capturing light and atmosphere. This landscape genre painting is presently housed in a private collection, reflecting the intimate encounters Gauguin had with the rural French environs.

The artwork itself depicts a serene rural landscape, with the focal point being the rugged terrain of the quarries at Pontoise. Gauguin’s use of dappled light and shadow showcases the natural beauty and texture of the rocky outcrop on the right. A path winds its way through lush, green vegetation, drawing the viewer’s eye into the painting’s depths towards the horizon line. The sky above is rendered with soft, expressive strokes of blue and white, conveying the transient qualities of clouds. Gauguin’s technique captures the essence of Impressionism, emphasizing the fleeting effects of light on the natural world. In the distance, a hint of civilization is implied through subtle indications of human habitation, but the primary narrative of the artwork resides in the harmonious coexistence of nature and the quiet strength of the quarries.

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