Willow by the Aven (1888; Pont-aven, France) by Paul Gauguin

Willow by the Aven - Paul Gauguin - 1888; Pont-aven, France

Artwork Information

TitleWillow by the Aven
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1888; Pont-aven, France
Dimensions76.3 x 62.8 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Willow by the Aven

The artwork titled “Willow by the Aven,” created by the notable artist Paul Gauguin in 1888, is an oil on canvas that embodies the Post-Impressionism movement. Measuring 76.3 by 62.8 cm, this landscape exemplifies Gauguin’s distinctive approach to the genre. At the time of its creation, Gauguin was in Pont-Aven, France, a location that influenced numerous artists with its picturesque settings. Currently, this piece is held in a private collection, limiting public access to its direct view.

The painting itself captures a serene scene of nature with a willow tree prominently situated by the Aven River. The rich, textured brushstrokes give life to the foliage, infusing the tree with a dynamic sense of movement as if swaying with the wind. Pastoral tones envelop the composition, where varying shades of green are interrupted by the subtle play of light and shadow. Small figures can be observed near the buildings, adding a human element that is overpowered by the presence of the natural surroundings. Gauguin’s use of color and form creates a harmonious yet emotive landscape that draws the observer into a tranquil environment, reflective of the overarching themes present in the Post-Impressionist movement.

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