View of Pont-Aven from Lezaven (1888; France) by Paul Gauguin

View of Pont-Aven from Lezaven - Paul Gauguin - 1888; France

Artwork Information

TitleView of Pont-Aven from Lezaven
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; France
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About View of Pont-Aven from Lezaven

“View of Pont-Aven from Lezaven” is a landscape painting created by the artist Paul Gauguin in 1888 during his time in France. This oil on canvas piece is a testament to Gauguin’s involvement in the Post-Impressionism art movement, highlighting his departure from Impressionism to a style characterized by bold colors and symbolic content. The artwork is part of a private collection, signifying its exclusivity and the esteem in which Gauguin’s works are held.

The artwork itself captures a scenic view of Pont-Aven, a rural landscape filled with lush greenery and vibrant hues. Gauguin employs a rich palette of colors, which appear to be applied in a way that straddles the line between realism and abstraction. Bold brushstrokes define the shapes of the trees, fields, and structures within the composition. A tall tree dominates the foreground on the right, its leaves etched against the overcast sky, leading the eye towards the village in the middle distance. In the immediate foreground, a figure can be seen, perhaps a local inhabitant or a worker within the rural setting. The figure’s presence adds a human element to the scene, suggesting the integration of human life into the natural surroundings. The contrast between the vertical lines of the trees and the horizontal plane of the fields demonstrates Gauguin’s interest in the structure and forms of nature as well as his innovative use of color to evoke mood and atmosphere.

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