The creek, Le Pouldu (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

The creek, Le Pouldu - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe creek, Le Pouldu
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The creek, Le Pouldu

“The Creek, Le Pouldu” is an oil on canvas landscape painting by Paul Gauguin, a renowned figure in the Post-Impressionism movement. Created in 1889 in France, this artwork encapsulates the avant-garde approach characteristic of Post-Impressionist works, diverging from the realistic depictions of the Impressionists to embrace a more expressive and symbolic style. Currently held in a private collection, the artwork serves as an exemplar of Gauguin’s innovative techniques and his contribution to the evolution of modern art.

The artwork explores the serene setting of a creek at Le Pouldu with a dynamic interplay of color and form. Gauguin employs broad, sweeping brushstrokes to craft the curving shoreline and the luscious greens that populate the landscape. The bold outlines and the juxtaposition of warm oranges and cool greens suggest a departure from the naturalistic palette, leaning instead towards expressing the artist’s emotional response to the scene. An isolated boat floats calmly on the water, further emphasizing the tranquility and solitude of the setting. The artist’s choice of colors vibrates with a type of symbolic resonance rather than purely mimetic representation, indicative of the Post-Impressionist interest in the psychological and emotional aspects of painting.

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