GARDEN OF LOVERS: SQUARE SAINT-PIERRE
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, May 1887
Original: oil on canvas, 113 x 75.0 cm, wxh
Van Gogh himself called this sunlit park scene 'the painting of the garden with lovers'. Couples in love stroll under the young chestnut trees and sit along the meandering paths.
Van Gogh freely varied the technique of the pointillists. They built up their paintings from dots of paint. Van Gogh used small brushstrokes of varying lengths. He applied them in different directions. In this way he achieved the effect of a bright spring day. This suited the sense of intimacy and togetherness he wanted to express. He himself also longed for a woman and a family, but he had 'the most impossible love stories'. In the end, he resigned himself to this; he was devoted to his art.
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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