Seaside harvest (1890; France) by Paul Gauguin

Seaside harvest - Paul Gauguin - 1890; France

Artwork Information

TitleSeaside harvest
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1890; France
Dimensions92 x 73 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationTate Modern, London, UK

About Seaside harvest

“Seaside Harvest” is an oil on canvas painting created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1890 in France. This artwork is representative of the Post-Impressionism movement and measures 92 x 73 cm. It falls under the landscape genre and is currently housed at the Tate Modern in London, UK.

The artwork presents a vivid and colorful portrayal of a seascape scene, which reflects Gauguin’s characteristic style of symbolism and synthetism. In the foreground, the viewers can observe workers in the fields, bent over as they harvest the crops. Their forms are simplified and stylized, blending into the undulating contours of the landscape. Hues of golden yellow dominate the painting, suggesting the warmth and abundance of the harvest. The middle ground introduces a range of greens with geometric shapes denoting cultivated plots, while in the distance, the blue sea meets the horizon, enhancing the depth of the scene.

Earthen tones interspersed with brighter colors highlight the divide between land and sea, creating a strong horizontal emphasis that guides the eye across the canvas. The artwork’s use of flat planes and a deliberate disregard for traditional perspective are hallmarks of the Post-Impressionist movement, aiming to evoke an emotional response rather than a realistic depiction. Gauguin’s “Seaside Harvest” encapsulates the rural tranquility juxtaposed with the rhythmic labor of the harvesters, providing insight into the artist’s exploration of human connection with nature.

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