The Green Christ

The Green Christ
Artist Paul Gauguin
Year 1889
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Dimensions 36.2 in × 28.7 in
92 cm × 73 cm
Famous Paintings by Paul Gauguin
Spirit of the Dead Watching, 1892
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897-1898
The Yellow Christ, 1889
The Green Christ, 1889
Tahitian Women on the Beach, 1891
Vision After the Sermon, 1888
Complete Works

The Green Christ was painted by Paul Gauguin in 1889 while he was in Pont-Aven, France. It is an oil on canvas piece and is currently located at the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.


Paul Gauguin commonly created works of art that were based on Christ’s crucifixion. The Green Christ is one of his most symbolic paintings he created during his time.


The Green Christ features three dead figures holding Christ after he had passed. These seem to look like statues that are taking him away to be in another world. They are a dark color of green that fades out when the eye sees the woman that is sitting in the front of the painting. She is sitting on a grass field that is next to a beach, which a few people are walking around on. The simplified shades and unrealistic colors are what suggest the different situations the people in the piece are in.

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