Road in Tahiti (1891; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

Road in Tahiti - Paul Gauguin - 1891; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleRoad in Tahiti
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1891; French Polynesia
Art MovementCloisonnism

About Road in Tahiti

The artwork “Road in Tahiti,” created by Paul Gauguin in 1891, is an oil-on-canvas landscape painting that embodies the Cloisonnism art movement. This movement is characterized by bold and flat forms separated by dark contours, which is evident in this piece. Gauguin completed this work during his time in French Polynesia, a region that profoundly influenced his artistic style and thematic choices.

In the artwork, a vibrant and color-rich scene is depicted. The foreground features a figure dressed in a blue coat and hat, walking down a dirt road flanked by lush greenery and a simple thatched structure. To the right, another figure is seated by the building’s edge, appearing contemplative or relaxed. A horse grazes on the roadside, adding a sense of rural life to the composition. The background reveals rolling mountains with purple hues, suggesting a time of day where shadows elongate and colors deepen. A strikingly tall yellow plant stands out against the deep green foliage, with the sky rendered in a mesmerizing combination of blue and white, portraying either a large cloud or a distant mountain peak crowned with snow or mist. Overall, the painting radiates a harmonious blend of the exotic, serene, and rustic, highlighting Gauguin’s fascination with the idyllic and primitive aspects he associated with Tahitian life.

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