Gaugin made this work in 1890, whilst he was staying in Le Pouldu in Cap Finistère, Brittany. By this point in his career he had moved on from his early Impressionist style and influenced by folk art, he began to paint simply, using flat colours and distorted perspectives.
Harvest: Le Pouldu 1890
994 x 1182 x 96 mm
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 73 x 92 cm
Born in Paris in June 1848, Gauguin was a painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist. Throughout his life he worked in an Impressionist style before developing a personal style of Symbolism, which combined an idealised and simplistic vision of Polynesian culture with a ‘pessimistic’ European style. His work, particularly his use of non-naturalistic colour was highly influential in the avant-garde artist world in the early 20th century. Gauguin died in May 1903 in Atuona, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia.