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).
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