Yellow Haystacks (Golden Harvest) (1889; France) by Paul Gauguin

Yellow Haystacks (Golden Harvest) - Paul Gauguin - 1889; France

Artwork Information

TitleYellow Haystacks (Golden Harvest)
ArtistPaul Gauguin
Date1889; France
Dimensions73.5 x 92.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Yellow Haystacks (Golden Harvest)

The artwork “Yellow Haystacks (Golden Harvest)” was crafted by the esteemed artist Paul Gauguin in 1889, within the heartland of France. Embodied within the medium of oil on canvas, it stands as a notable representation of the Post-Impressionism movement. The piece’s physical presence is encapsulated within dimensions of 73.5 by 92.5 cm and is categorized under the landscape genre. Currently, the painting is housed at the Musée d’Orsay, located in Paris, France.

In the artwork, one is greeted by a bucolic scene characterized by rolling fields and haystacks under a soft sky. Gauguin’s use of vibrant yellows and oranges to depict the haystacks lends the painting its title and infuses it with a sense of warmth and richness, emphasizing the theme of harvest. In the midst of the work, figures can be discerned engaging in agricultural labor, adding a human element to the otherwise tranquil landscape. The brushwork is loose and expressive, which is emblematic of Gauguin’s Post-Impressionistic style, as it shifts away from the realism of earlier periods to a more abstracted and emotive portrayal of the scene. The trees and foliage exhibit bold and somewhat unnatural colors, showcasing Gauguin’s departure from naturalism and exploration of color as a means of conveying emotion and atmosphere. Overall, the artwork captures a moment of rustic simplicity and the vibrant interplay between man and nature.

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