The Hibiscus Tree (1892; French Polynesia) by Paul Gauguin

The Hibiscus Tree - Paul Gauguin - 1892; French Polynesia

Artwork Information

TitleThe Hibiscus Tree
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1892; French Polynesia
Dimensions68 x 90.7 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About The Hibiscus Tree

“The Hibiscus Tree,” a work by Paul Gauguin, was created in 1892 during the artist’s time in French Polynesia. Executed in oil on canvas, this painting measures 68 by 90.7 centimeters and is housed at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL, US. As part of the Post-Impressionism movement, it represents the landscape genre.

The artwork showcases a vibrant tropical scenery, characterized by a bold use of color and a tendency to abstract forms that is typical of Gauguin’s style. In the foreground are lush, detailed elements of foliage, with a mix of vivid and earthy tones that express the rich vegetation of the tropics. The eponymous hibiscus tree can be discerned by its broad leaves and possibly the hints of its characteristic flowers. Behind this natural abundance, one can observe a beachscape stretching into a serene shoreline, suggesting the tranquility and isolated beauty of the Pacific islands. The presence of traditional thatched huts and a figure suggests human habitation, seamlessly integrated into the natural environment, an element that Gauguin often celebrated in his focus on the idyllic and primitive aspects of life in Polynesia. The painting captures the essence of Gauguin’s post-impressionistic approach, emphasizing emotion and symbolism over realistic representation, using distinctive brushwork and a vivid palette.

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