Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903), Paris, 1894
oil on canvas,
72 cm x 88 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
This painting shows the view from the artist’s window. Gauguin had recently moved to the second floor of a building in the Montparnasse area of Paris. We know from contemporary weather reports that it snowed on 24 February 1894, so he probably made the painting around that date. On the shop front in the background are the partially legible words ‘Neufs Occasions’ (New and Secondhand).
Gauguin’s choice of subject is apparently casual. He has signed the picture in the shadow of the overhanging roof in the foreground.