The Church of Auvers sur Oise, Van Gogh

The Church of Auvers sur Oise, Van Gogh
The Church of Auvers sur Oise, Van Gogh

The canvas of The Church of Auvers sur Oise is one of the most outstanding works of the post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. The artist often found inspiration in the forms that surrounded him,the sown fields, the flowers or even his own room have become artistic elements in the work of this artist who knew how to find the beauty in the little things that surrounded him, capturing them, yes, with large doses of imagination through his brushes and his canvases.

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Vicent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) is the most prominent Dutch painter of the Post-Impressionist movement and currently one of the most recognized painters in the entire history of art, although while he was alive his painting was not in absolutely valued and only sold one canvas, a fact that in the light of today is seen as a paradox since some of the artist's canvases have now become the most expensive in history. His first vocation was towards the priesthood and the artist joined the artistic world late, however the painter managed to make more than nine hundred different works of art. For a time he lived in Paris but soon decided to move to Arles where he wanted to form an artistic school, there his precarious mental he alth made coexistence impossible and the artist ended upadmitted to a psychiatric center in Saint Remy; At the suggestion of his brother Theo Van Gogh he moved from this he alth center to the north of the country and from there he decided to settle in the town of Auvers sur Oise to be treated by a different doctor.

In this placehe would spend the last two months of his life, performing almost a hundred different works, of all of them this is the only piece he dedicated to the village church. The church was Gothic in style and was built around the 13th century. Nearby there were two Romanesque chapels reused from earlier architecture. It is a night scene in which the construction stands out in the middle of a dark night. Flanking the church are two winding paths that, according to Van Gogh's representation, seem to strangle the architecture causing it to vibrate and sway from its foundations, thus making the church appear to be about to collapse or to be part of a phantasmagorical vision.

In the sky we can see the sameswirling shapesthat the artist used in other of his canvases such as The Starry Night, however this time they are just blue ones that form the composition. The painting shows the importance that the artist has given to drawing, the forms are delimited with thick black lines in which one can see the influence of the cloisonne technique inherited from Gauguin. For its part, the color of the canvas is very free and does not adjust too much to reality so that itwill become one of the greatest influences for Fouvists and Impressionists.

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