Paul Gauguin Harvest: Le Pouldu 1890

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Artist
Paul Gauguin 1848–1903
Title
Harvest: Le Pouldu
Date 1890
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 730 x 921 mm
frame: 994 x 1182 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1966
Reference
T00895
Not on display

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Gauguin executed this harvest scene whilst staying at Le Pouldu in Cap Finistère, Brittany. He had been the central figure of a group of painters at the nearby village of Pont-Aven. Then in 1890 he moved to Le Pouldu in search of an even simpler way of life. By this time Gauguin had abandoned his early Impressionist manner. Influenced by folk art and primitive art, he began to use flat areas of colour and a distorted perspective in his paintings. The landscape and life of the peasant community inspired some of the most rugged and radically simplified works of his career.

September 2004

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