Attributed to Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

A Landscape at Pont Aven

Pont Aven, Brittany, 1888

Oil on canvas

66.1 x 100 cm

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)

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