Returning from the harvest (Manuring) (1884) by Paul Gauguin

Returning from the harvest (Manuring) - Paul Gauguin - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleReturning from the harvest (Manuring)
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Returning from the harvest (Manuring)

“Returning from the harvest (Manuring)” is a notable artwork by the artist Paul Gauguin, created in the year 1884. This piece was rendered using oil on canvas and is exemplary of the Impressionism movement. It falls within the genre of landscape and, currently, the artwork resides within a private collection.

The artwork depicts a tranquil rural landscape likely in the late afternoon, capturing the essence of day-to-day agricultural life. The scene is imbued with a sense of serene toil, as figures are seen working the land, engaged in the practice of manuring—a process essential for enriching the soil. The foreground features a worker with a tool, perhaps a shovel or fork, amidst what appear to be manure heaps, ready to spread these onto the fields. The background shows more figures, houses with vividly colored rooftops, a smokestack, and the lush greenery of the countryside, which subtly transitions into a softly undulating hill. The sky overhead is a canvas of dynamic brush strokes, suggesting a movement that is characteristic of nature’s changing moods. Gauguin’s choice of color, light, and texture within the artwork effectively conveys the humble and rhythmic pace of rural labor, an oft-overlooked subject brought to prominence by the artist’s sensibility and technique.

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