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Attributed to Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

A Landscape at Pont Aven

Pont Aven, Brittany, 1888

Oil on canvas


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 reality of waning agricultural productivity in Brittany.

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.  Perhaps the inferior elements simply show Gauguin merely going through the motions.


Purchased 1948 (No.48.12)

PAUL GAUGUIN (1848-1903)

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