The Alyscamps Paul Gauguin

The Alyscamps: Paul Gauguin

The Alyscamps (the Les Alyscamps) is an 1888 painting in the Post-Impressionist style by the leading French artist Paul Gauguin. This work is located in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

Alyscamps, short for “Champs-Élysées” or “Elysian Fields,” is a historical Roman necropolis in Arles, France. Dating back to the 4th century AD, it was a prestigious burial ground for Christian and pagan communities. Alyscamps gained significance as a Christian burial site, with notable tombs and Christian martyrs interred there. The site is often associated with the realm of the dead, and its atmospheric avenues of ancient sarcophagi inspired artists like Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, which we see here.

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