Two cows in the meadow (1884; France) by Paul Gauguin

Two cows in the meadow - Paul Gauguin - 1884; France

Artwork Information

TitleTwo cows in the meadow
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1884; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Two cows in the meadow

The artwork titled “Two cows in the meadow” was created by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1884, in France. This piece is executed in oil on canvas and resides within the stylistic realm of Impressionism. As a landscape genre painting, it is currently held in a private collection.

Regarding the artwork itself, Gauguin has depicted a serene pastoral scene with a soft, natural palette that evokes a sense of tranquility. Two cows graze in the foreground amidst a meadow rich with varied strokes of greens and hints of earth tone colors, suggestive of the lush vegetation. The composition is framed by trees, whose presence is characterized by vigorous brushwork that conveys the textured foliage and the play of light and shadow. The trees’ twisted and contorted forms add a dynamic contrast to the gentle calm of the meadow.

In the middle ground, a small figure can be observed, possibly a farmer or passerby, providing scale and a human element to the scene. Further back, the pastoral idyll is completed with the suggestion of a cottage or farmhouse surrounded by foliage, reinforcing the rural theme. The sky is treated with lighter strokes, allowing the impression of a soft, diffused light, which is characteristic of the Impressionist movement’s focus on capturing the transient effects of light. The overall effect is a harmonious blend of nature and rural life, captured with the emotion and immediacy that typifies Gauguin’s early works and the Impressionist period.

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