Les Meules
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

Description

Description: Gauguin painted this haymaking scene during his third extended stay in Brittany. He was attracted to the region’s traditional customs and costumes as an escape from Paris, finding “a certain wildness and primitiveness here.” Spatial recession and perspective are deliberately ignored. The haystacks and the bush to the left are simplified and rendered only as bright patches of flat colour. But the simple life Gauguin sought was already disappearing: he complained that his usual base of Pont-Aven was now spoilt by crowds.

Image Details

Date
 
1889
Collection
 
The Courtauld Gallery, London

© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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