The Queen’s Mill (1881; France) by Paul Gauguin

The Queen's Mill - Paul Gauguin - 1881; France

Artwork Information

TitleThe Queen's Mill
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1881; France
Dimensions92.5 x 73.4 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNy Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

About The Queen's Mill

The artwork entitled “The Queen’s Mill” was painted by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1881 in France. This oil on canvas piece is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement. The painting measures 92.5 by 73.4 cm and falls within the genre of landscape. It is presently housed at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“The Queen’s Mill” by Paul Gauguin captures a bucolic landscape dominated by the calm presence of a windmill which stands atop a hill, its sails almost blending with the cloudy sky. The central vegetation, lush and varying shades of green and yellow, suggests the seasonal transition, perhaps the onset of autumn. The vibrancy of natural colors underlines the Impressionist technique of portraying the play of light and the shadows it casts, which appear to dapple the ground and water. On the left, a pond reflects the surrounding foliage and the open sky, reinforcing the serenity of the scene. A single figure is visible on the pathway, adding a human element to the painting. The brushwork is loose and expressive, characteristic of the Impressionist movement, and it gives the artwork a sense of spontaneity and life.

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