The Swineherd, Brittany (1888) by Paul Gauguin

The Swineherd, Brittany - Paul Gauguin - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe Swineherd, Brittany
ArtistPaul Gauguin
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions29 x 36 1/2 in. (74 x 93 cm)
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationLos Angeles County Museum of Art
Location Created Pont-aven, France
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About The Swineherd, Brittany

Paul Gauguin’s “The Swineherd” is a captivating painting from his Breton period, completed in 1888 while he was residing in Brittany, France. The artwork features a swineherd surrounded by several pigs and nestled between two houses along the cliffs. The scene is painted in Post-Impressionist style with divided brushstrokes that create depth and dimension.

Gauguin effectively used thick, bold, expressionistic brushstrokes to convey his artistic vision of the Breton landscape. This technique added texture and visual interest to the otherwise pastoral scene. The painting is an oil on canvas medium and has been exhibited in numerous prestigious institutions over the years.

“The Swineherd” showcases Gauguin’s signature style, which combines vivid colors with dynamic compositions that challenge conventional artistic norms. This masterpiece demonstrates his ability to infuse everyday rural life with a sense of wonder and beauty.

Today, “The Swineherd” continues to captivate audiences around the world as it remains on long-term loan at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Its significance lies not just in its beauty but also how it represents Gauguin’s mastery of painting techniques that still influence artists today.

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