Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853–1890
Stairway at Auvers, July 1890
oil on canvas
19 11/16 x 27 3/4 inches
Museum Purchase 1:1935
What do you think makes Vincent van Gogh's work so easy to recognize?
The brilliant color, thick application of paint, and swirling brushstrokes all contribute to Vincent van Gogh's individual style. In Van Gogh's landscapes everything seems to be moving. In this painting brushstrokes sweep from the stairway in the center out to all sides of the canvas; the women sway back and forth like the curvy path they are walking down; and the stairway appears to be sliding down the hill. This painting of a street is filled with the bright blues, greens, and yellows of early spring, and the texture of the brushstrokes makes you want to touch the painting. Van Gogh was inspired by the old buildings in Auvers (oh-VAIR) and by the countryside around this town where he lived and painted during the last months of his life.
Find pictures of some other landscapes in this packet and compare Van Gogh's painting with one of them.
About the Artist
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