Harvest: Le Pouldu

In 1890 Gauguin was staying at Marie Henry's boarding house in Le Pouldu, Brittany. The headland in this painting is at the western end of the beach, about a mile from the village itself.

Gauguin painted other versions of this landscape, all of which are characterised by the strongly defined forms and flat areas of colour of his Synthetist style. He also used it in a simplified form for the background of his Symbolist work, 'The Loss of Virginity', painted in Paris in the winter of 1890-91 (Norfolk, Virginia, The Chrysler Museum).

Key facts

Artist dates
1848 - 1903
Full title
Harvest: Le Pouldu
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
73 × 92.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1966
Inventory number
Location in Gallery