Vision After the Sermon - Life Size Posters
Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism.
He was an important figure in the Symbolist moment. His bold experimentation with color led directly to the Sythetist style of modern art. View Artist Collection
Vision after the Sermon represents a significant departure from the subject matter of Impressionism, namely the city or rural landscape, which was still quite prevalent in Europe and the United States during the last two decades of the 19th century. Instead of choosing to paint pastoral landscape or urban entertainments, Gauguin depicted a rural Biblical scene of praying women envisioning Jacob wrestling with an angel. The decision to paint a religious subject was reminiscent of the Renaissance tradition, yet Gauguin rendered his subject in a decidedly modern style derived in part from Japanese prints, his own experiments in ceramics, stained-glass window methods, and other popular and "high art" traditions, finally emphasizing bold outlines and flat areas of color.