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Martinique Landscape, 1887

 
 
 
 
 
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Artist Gauguin, Eugène Henri Paul

In the winter of 1886-87, Gauguin met van Gogh who had arrived there in March and finally quarrelled with Pissarro who had allied himself with the so-called ‘scientific Impressionists’ (Seurat, Signac , ets.). Nevertheless, unconsciously Gauguin was influenced by the neo-Impressionists, and at this time began to use divided tones and purer colours, applied in a finer style of brushwork. Materially his situation had not improved, and by March 1887, unable to bear Paris any longer , Gauguin and Charles Laval (who had been with him at Pont-Aven in the previous summer) took passage to Panama ‘pour vivre en sauvage… I am taking my brushes and paints and will find new strength in a palace far removed from civilized man’. (Letter to Mette of early April 1887). But life in Panama was neither as simple, nor as cheap ,as they imagined, for the building of the Canal was in progress; consequently Gauguin was obliged to enlist as a labourer while Laval painted portraits to earn enough money for them to leave. They selected Martinique as their next place of residence, arriving in mid-June.

 
Date

 1887

 
Institution National Galleries of Scotland
   
Medium Oil on canvas
 
Dimensions 115.00 x 88.50 cm
 
 
 
 

 

 

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