Paul Gauguin - Working the land 1873

Working the land 1873
Working the land
1873 50x81cm oil/canvas
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

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From Fitzwilliam Museum:
This landscape was painted in 1873, when Gauguin was still working as a stockbroker, and painting in his spare time. He first sent his work to public exhibitions in 1876, and in 1879 accepted Pissarro’s and Degas's last-minute offer to contribute to the fourth Impressionist exhibition.
In tonality and composition, it recalls landscapes by Corot, however the elongated canvas (a non-standard format) and deep perspectival recession following the lines of the fields, closely recall a landscape by Pissarro, one of a series representing the seasons which Gauguin’s godfather, Gustave Arosa, commissioned the previous year.