Martinique Landscape 1887


Gauguin's glowing colours convey the exotic character of the Martinique landscape. His brushstrokes are visible, but fuse into flatter areas of colour. The composition is finely balanced and carefully structured. It is the finest of a series of landscape paintings Gauguin produced in Martinique in 1887. He had travelled there from Panama before ill health forced his return to France. Gauguin dreamed of escaping from urban 'civilization' to a tropical paradise where life was mysterious, sensuous and closer to nature. His plans materialised a few years later when, in 1891, he left for Tahiti.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Composition, Impressionism


  • Acc. No. NG 2220
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 140.5cm x 114cm x 8.8cm
  • Credit Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960