On day seventeen of Culture Tourist Art Blogmas, I’m bringing you quite an unusual painting made by Paul Gauguin – his Winter Landscape.
Art Blogmas 2022
Paul Gauguin, one of the founders of an art style called Fauvism, is famous today for his vibrant paintings made in Martinique and Tahiti. However, the Winter Landscape we’re sharing today is one of his earlier works.
Paul Gauguin: Winter Landscape
The Impressionist style strongly influenced Paul Gauguin’s Winter Landscape. With the soft colours he’s using and well-defined brush strokes, we almost have a feeling as we’re looking at his winter landscape through the window. Everything is a bit blurry, and the light is reflecting through it.
Contrary to his later paintings, in which he used intense colours, often contrasting, this painting seems almost monochromatic. Paul Gauguin uses shades of grey, blue, brown, and green. With that colour palette, he’s perfectly capturing the coldness of a winter day.
The overall feel we’re getting from this painting is a cold tranquillity. Trees are bare without any foliage on them. And although we could recognise houses, no light or any movement is happening around them. Everything stands still in this painting.
With the light blue brushstrokes Gauguin is applying around the tree branches, he’s getting a frosted feel, thus making the whole landscape covered by snow and frozen.
Although he was a master of vivid colours, with this painting, Gauguin showed us he was also talented in painting with a monochromatic colour palette.
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