Landscape near Arles

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Landscape near Arles
French: Ferme à Arles
Gauguin, Paul - Landscape near Arles - Google Art Project.jpg
Artist Paul Gauguin
Year 1888
Type Oil painting on canvas
Dimensions 36 cm × 28.5 cm (14 in × 11.2 in)
Location Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

Landscape near Arles is an 1888 oil painting by French artist Paul Gauguin, located in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which is in Indianapolis, Indiana. It depicts a rural scene in Provence.[1]


Landscape near Arles depicts a very typical scene from that area: the farmhouse is a traditional mas, the cypress trees are common in the region, and the haystack is suitable for harvest time. Gauguin's treatment of the subject owes much to Paul Cézanne, whom Gauguin revered. His emphasis on geometric forms and the way his careful network of precisely placed brushstrokes locks the haystack and farmhouse together creates a highly ordered environment that owes much to Cézanne.[2] The way he organizes the traditional French countryside makes nature itself conform to his own structural regimen.[1] Only the bright, acidic hues indicate that Gauguin was painting next to Vincent van Gogh.[3]

Historical information[edit]

For two months, ending on Christmas 1888, Gauguin and van Gogh lived together in Arles. Their stormy relationship cut short the partnership, and the period ultimately had little effect upon Gauguin's art.[3] Despite the clashing of their strong personalities, it was quite a productive period for them both. Van Gogh avidly wished to form an artistic enclave in the area, a desire that led to some mutual accommodation. This was the first painting Gauguin made during those months, on a linen canvas van Gogh stretched for him. The setting was one of van Gogh's favorites, the plains of the Crau.[4]


In February 1944, Mrs. Julian Bobbs purchased Landscape near Arles for the John Herron School of Art as a gift in memory of William Ray Adams, her first husband. The painting remained with the IMA during the division, and currently is on display in the Sidney and Kathy Taurel gallery. It has the acquisition number 44.10.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Day, Holliday T. (1988). Indianapolis Museum of Art Collections Handbook. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art. ISBN 0936260203. 
  2. ^ Lee, Ellen Wardwell; Robinson, Anne (2005). Indianapolis Museum of Art: Highlights of the Collection. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art. ISBN 0936260777. 
  3. ^ a b "Landscape Near Arles". Gauguin Art. 25 Sep 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Landscape near Arles". Indianapolis Museum of Art. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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