This work, which is unfinished, depicts a view of Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town just north of Paris. Painted directly from the motif, it shows how Van Gogh transformed what he saw into something entirely personal, using a vigorous brushwork and curving outlines to express an unsettling vitality and energy.
Vincent van Gogh
Farms near Auvers
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 50.2 x 100.3 cm Tate. Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is considered one of the most influential post-impressionist artists in the history of Western art. During his short yet prolific career he developed a highly personal use of colour and brushwork, directly expressing an emotional response to his subject and his inner world.