Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Auvers-sur-Oise, June 1890
Original: oil on canvas, 51,2 x 51 bxh
Throughout his life, Van Gogh admired the work of Charles-François Daubigny. This famous landscape painter had lived in Auvers. When Van Gogh arrived in the village, he went to see Daubigny's house and garden as quickly as he could. This is the first painting he did of the garden. Two larger canvases followed later.
Because Van Gogh had no canvas at hand, he painted the garden on a red-striped kitchen cloth. He covered the fabric with a bright pink base coat of lead white mixed with red pigment. This pink base formed a lively contrast with the green paint he used for the garden. The primer is visible between the brush strokes. As the red pigment has faded in the course of time, the pink base layer now looks grey.
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
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