The garden in winter, rue Carcel (1883; Paris, France) by Paul Gauguin

The garden in winter, rue Carcel - Paul Gauguin - 1883; Paris, France

Artwork Information

TitleThe garden in winter, rue Carcel
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1883; Paris, France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The garden in winter, rue Carcel

“The garden in winter, rue Carcel” is a cityscape oil painting created by Paul Gauguin in 1883 in Paris, France. This piece exemplifies the Impressionist movement and currently resides within a private collection. Executed on canvas, the artwork represents a quintessential scene consistent with the Impressionist dedication to capturing contemporary life and the interplay of light.

The artwork depicts a snowy garden with leafless trees and verdant bushes dusted with white, encapsulating the blanket of winter. In the foreground, two figures are present: one is sitting while the other stands, suggesting a moment of rest or exchange. The brushwork is loose and expressive, hallmarks of Impressionism, allowing a viewer’s eye to blend the color flecks into a cohesive image from a distance.

The muted palette of whites, greys, and earthen tones evoke the cold and damp atmosphere of the season. Gauguin’s use of light and shadow creates depth, while the overcast sky suggests the diffused light typical of winter days. The buildings in the background provide a subtle sense of environment and location, anchoring the garden within a larger urban setting. This work carefully balances the stillness of winter with the subtle signs of life, revealing the delicate beauty in an otherwise bleak season.

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