25 December, 2007

Houses at Auvers by van Gogh Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:

Houses at Auvers
Vincent van Gogh. Dutch, 1853-1890
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Houses at Auvers Postcard
(PH Wish from Teresa Ostrander)

Houses at Auvers was painted in 1890, shortly after Vincent van Gogh (a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist) arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise (northwest of Paris) and he seemed to be on the mend. Indeed, Vincent's first letters to his brother Theo from Auvers-sur-Oise were cautiously optimistic. His health was good, and he found his room comfortable. The village had a picturesque appeal; even the new homes were "radiant and sunny and covered with flowers."

Unlike the writhing rhythms that characterized his landscape work at Saint-Rémy, Vincent van Gogh's first paintings at Auvers, such as Houses at Auvers, exhibited a new stability, seen in the strongly interlocked strokes of heavy pigment. Houses at Auvers shows the landscape of early summer. The view creates a flattened tapestry of shapes in which the tiled and thatched roofs of the houses form a mesmerizing patchwork of color.

Additional Information:
75.6 x 61.9 cm (29 3/4 x 24 3/8 in.)
Oil on Canvas
On view in the: Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (European Art 1870–1900), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Vincent van Gogh Final Paintings

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