A farm in Brittany

Paul Gauguin by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel C 1891

Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) was a leading 19th-century Post-Impressionist artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist and writer. His bold experimentation with color directly influenced modern art in the 20th century while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

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  • 1873–1884 Family life in Paris
  • 1884 Family life in Rouen
  • 1884 Family life in Copenhagen
  • 1885 Dieppe, Paris
  • 1886–1887 Artist’s colony, Pont Aven, Brittany
  • 1887 Trip to Martinique
  • 1888 Pont Aven
  • 1888 Staying with Van Gogh in Arles, Provençal
  • 1889 Pont Aven
  • 1891–1893 Trip to Tahiti
  • 1894 Pont Aven
  • 1895–1901 Living in Tahiti
  • 1901–1903 Living at Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands

Media in category “Paintings of Brittany by Paul Gauguin”

Title: A Farm in Brittany

Artist: Paul Gauguin (French, Paris 1848–1903 Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands)

Public Domain
From early in his career Gauguin was attracted to the relatively remote and unspoiled terrain of Brittany in northwestern France. Breton culture, infused with vestiges of its pagan Celtic past, appealed to his taste for the primitive and the exotic. The artist is thought to have made this work during his fifth and final visit to the region in 1894, between voyages to the tropics. The brushwork recalls Gauguin’s earlier Impressionist pictures, while the palette evokes his Tahitian paintings.

Date: ca. 1894 Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 1/2 x 35 5/8 in. (72.4 x 90.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Margaret Seligman Lewisohn, in memory of her husband, Sam A. Lewisohn, 1954

Accession Number: 54.143.2