Village street, Osny (1883; France) by Paul Gauguin

Village street, Osny - Paul Gauguin - 1883; France

Artwork Information

TitleVillage street, Osny
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1883; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNy Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark

About Village street, Osny

The artwork entitled “Village street, Osny” is a creative endeavor by the artist Paul Gauguin, composed in the year 1883 in France. This oil on canvas piece is attributed to the Impressionist movement, capturing the essence of a cityscape. Its current residence is within the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In the artwork, one observes a tranquil village street scene, where rustic houses with sloped roofs line one side of a path that recedes into the distance. The roofs are tinged with a warm red color, suggesting earthen tiles, while the structures are adorned in subdued tones of beige and gray. Vegetation flanks the pathway on the left, with a tree dominating the composition at one end, its forms vigorously rendered in the impasto technique that is characteristic of the Impressionist style. The overhead sky swirls with a blend of mauve, blue, and white hues, contributing to an atmospheric quality that is both dynamic and contemplative.

A minute figure appears toward the horizon on the path, providing a sense of scale and life to the village tableau. Another individual stands on the right, contemporaneous with the period, portrayed in dark clothing. The brushstrokes exhibit Gauguin’s keen ability to capture light and atmosphere, creating a rich tapestry of textures on the canvas that brings the village street to life. The interplay between light and shadow is apparent on the road, which is imbued with shades of orange and brown, suggesting a sunlit, earthen path typical of rural environs. Overall, the piece exudes a sense of serenity and a timeless quality that evokes the calm of everyday rural life in the late 19th century.

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