The large tree (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

The large tree - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe large tree
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Dimensions73 x 54.3 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The large tree

The artwork titled “The Large Tree” is an oil on canvas piece by the artist Paul Gauguin, completed in the year 1889 during his time in France. This piece represents the Post-Impressionism art movement and is categorized as a landscape genre. The dimensions of the artwork are 73 by 54.3 centimeters. Currently, this painting is held in a private collection, not accessible to the public.

Upon examining the artwork, one can observe a vibrant landscape dominated by a substantial tree trunk in the foreground. The artist employs bold and expressive brushstrokes, a characteristic trait of the Post-Impressionist approach which focuses on the conveyance of emotion and the artist’s subjective interpretation of the world. The palette comprises predominantly green hues that form the lush foliage, interrupted by touches of pink, yellow, and blue tones that suggest the presence of light and shadow.

In the background, smaller trees can be discerned, and the landscape recedes into what appears to be a meadow or clearing with a hint of figures and a structure, possibly a building. The forest enclosure is indicative of the intimacy that Gauguin often sought to echo in his work—the solitude and mystery of nature. The composition directs the viewer’s eye through the landscape, evoking a sense of depth and serenity. The artwork captures the essence of nature’s grandeur, portraying the peaceful coexistence of the elements within the scene.

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