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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.
oil on canvas
H 66.1 x W 100 cm
Signed and dated: P. Gauguin 88