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The Quarries of Le Chou near Pontoise by Gauguin

  • Gauguin's vision is taken to a new level with this Verus Art limited edition re-creation, capturing the detail and intricacy of artist's original brushstrokes.
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    • Re-creation size: 59.7 x 72.4 cm (23.5 x 28.5”)
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Quarries of Le Chou near Pontoise, by Paul Gauguin Painting Close Up


THE STORY BEHIND GAUGUIN'S PAINTING

Gauguin did not receive a traditional artist’s training, and critical to his development was working alongside experienced and thoughtful painters such as Pissarro and Cézanne.   In the summer of 1882, the three artists spent time together in the provincial town of Pontoise where Pissarro lived, a short train ride from Paris.

This painting certainly shows the influence of Pissarro, the more experienced of the three and famously generous and supportive of younger artists.  The use of hatched strokes that flow over form, and are interwoven to depict foliage is clearly inspired by Pissaro’s example.  However, Gauguin distinguishes himself with a deliberate rhythm of strokes, intervals of vibrant tints, and a tension that is due to the slightly unbalanced the composition.

The painting was one of a pair of identically sized paintings of the same scene, made at the same time; a practice Gauguin was experimenting with at the time.  Both Monet and Pissarro undertook similar experiments – most famously Monet painted the same scenes multiple times at different times of the day, resulting in series of paintings.   With Gauguin however the process is subtly and characteristically different;  the versions are arrived at after multiple sessions of painting, the surfaces worked and reworked to build up a richness of effect, sometimes at odds with the depiction of a perceptual effect.   This brings about a degree of abstraction, where elements of the surface are approached almost purely decoratively – the interlaced strokes of different colours being beautiful in themselves, quite separate from the form they depict.

This considered build-up is seen well on this painting, which is in extremely rare and exemplary condition, and looks very close to how Gauguin would have left it.

 




ABOUT PAUL GAUGUIN

Paul Gauguin Self PortraitMassively influential in his era, Paul Gauguin was a painter, etcher, sculptor, drawer and writer and his works strongly influenced artistic movements including Symbolism and Fauvism. However, Gauguin did not receive a traditional artist’s training and critical to his development was working alongside experienced and thoughtful painters such as Pissarro and Cézanne. In the summer of 1882, the three artists spent time together in the provincial town of Pontoise where Pissarro lived. Famously, he also worked alongside Vincent van Gogh, spending time together working on bold, flamboyant pieces at the “yellow house” in the French countryside of Arles.

Soon after a tense nine weeks working with Van Gogh, Gauguin chose to turn his back on Western Civilization entirely and sought a closer connection to nature. Fleeing for the French Polynesian Islands he developed the foundations of what would become Symbolism. Marrying everyday observation with the mystical meanings and stories of a scene, his later works were completed as a philosophical, meditation like experience, greatly influenced by the ‘primitive’ arts of Asia, Africa and French Polynesia.

 

  





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