Skip to Main Content
Paul Gauguin, ‘The Swineherd’, 1888, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Paul Gauguin, ‘The Swineherd’, 1888, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
View more

Paul Gauguin

The Swineherd, 1888

Oil on canvas
28 3/4 × 36 5/8 in
73 × 93 cm
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of Lucille Ellis Simon and …

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of Lucille Ellis Simon and family in honor of the museum's twenty-fifth anniversary (M.91.256)

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Paul Gauguin
French, 1848–1903
Follow

A pioneer of the Symbolist art movement in France, Paul Gauguin is renowned for his “savage” art depicting sumptuous Tahitian women, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative door panels around his hut on the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Although Gauguin began his artistic career with the Impressionists in Paris, during the 1880s he sought to escape from Western civilization—first moving to Brittany and Arles in France, where he met Van Gogh, and then to French Polynesia—in search of a paradise were he could create pure, “primitive” art. “There is no such thing as exaggeration in art,” wrote Gauguin in 1885. “And I even believe that there is salvation only in extremes.”

Paul Gauguin, ‘The Swineherd’, 1888, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Paul Gauguin, ‘The Swineherd’, 1888, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
View more
About the work
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of Lucille Ellis Simon and …

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of Lucille Ellis Simon and family in honor of the museum's twenty-fifth anniversary (M.91.256)

Medium
Painting
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Paul Gauguin
French, 1848–1903
Follow

A pioneer of the Symbolist art movement in France, Paul Gauguin is renowned for his “savage” art depicting sumptuous Tahitian women, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative door panels around his hut on the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. Although Gauguin began his artistic career with the Impressionists in Paris, during the 1880s he sought to escape from Western civilization—first moving to Brittany and Arles in France, where he met Van Gogh, and then to French Polynesia—in search of a paradise were he could create pure, “primitive” art. “There is no such thing as exaggeration in art,” wrote Gauguin in 1885. “And I even believe that there is salvation only in extremes.”

Paul Gauguin

The Swineherd, 1888

Oil on canvas
28 3/4 × 36 5/8 in
73 × 93 cm
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Related works
Most Similar
Rural Life
Figures in Nature