Vincent van Gogh
The Oise at Auvers 1890

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Vincent van Gogh 1853–1890
The Oise at Auvers
Date 1890
Medium Graphite and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 473 x 629 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
Not on display

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This was drawn during the final months of the artist's life, after he moved to Auvers-sur-Oise in May 1890. It represents a view looking across the river Oise towards Méry and the Paris road. The view is taken from the top of a high and very steep embankment above a railway line. The old bridge of Auvers (since replaced by a modern structure) is on the right. The plumy forms in the bottom right-hand corner suggest the smoke of a passing train. It would appear that the trees along the riverbank are purely an imaginative addition by the artist. The work has been affected by fading and the colours are no longer as strong as they once were.

September 1993

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