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Landscape at Pont-Aven

Photo credit: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Gauguin stayed in the village of Pont Aven in Brittany in 1886 and again in 1888, the date of this view. It shows a group of thatched farm buildings set in a fertile landscape at odds with the prevailing image of the desolate Breton countryside. Doubts have been raised about the painting’s authenticity due to a clumsiness in the composition and in the handling of the paint. However, there are some fine passages which are possibly beyond a copyist’s capabilities.

  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    66.1 x 100 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1948


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