White house (1885; France) by Paul Gauguin

White house - Paul Gauguin - 1885; France

Artwork Information

TitleWhite house
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1885; France
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About White house

The artwork entitled “White house” was crafted by the artist Paul Gauguin in the year 1885, situated within France. This piece is executed in oil on canvas, and it falls under the Impressionism movement, a genre recognized for its emphasis on light and its effects. This particular work is a landscape that offers insight into the natural surroundings common of the time and place of its creation. The artwork is held in a private collection and is not on public display.

The artwork portrays a serene landscape where nature’s presence is immensely felt. Tall trees with full canopies dominate the foreground, leading the eye through dappled light toward a quaint white house nestled amidst greenery. The house itself is situated in the center distance, mostly obscured by trees, and it conveys a sense of solitude and tranquility. There is a pastoral element present, as suggested by the presence of a cow grazing peacefully in the foreground, reinforcing the rural character of the scene. The light appears to be of early morning or late afternoon, given the warm hues that suffuse the sky and the soft shadows cast on the ground. A careful blend of colors and attention to the atmospheric effects is evident, characteristics that belong to the Impressionist technique, aiming to capture the fleeting qualities of light and atmosphere. Overall, the artwork exudes calmness and the simplicity of rural life away from the bustling cities.

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