The Yellow Christ

The Yellow Christ
Artist Paul Gauguin
Year 1889
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York
Dimensions 35.9 in × 28.9 in
91.1 cm × 73.4 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
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Paul Gauguin created The Yellow Christ painting in 1889 in Pont- Aven. It’s currently located at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Gauguin created this painting as a symbolic piece to show the crucifixion of Christ.


This oil on canvas painting is 35.9 by 28.9 inches. It uses a primary color of yellow, but there are also reds and greens in the landscape. This painting shows Christ on the cross with Breton women surrounding him in prayer. Only the women in the piece are shaded, Christ is a bright yellow color that stands out from everything in the background. It appears as though the painting is in fall or autumn because of the red and orange colors that are present in the trees and earth. Christ is wearing a cloth around his waist while the women are fully clothed in long dresses. Their heads are bowed down to him and his head is off to the side.

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