Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch artist and probably the best known of the Impressionists today, came to Auvers-sur-Oise in the last year of his life, yet he painted seventy-seven paintings there before he died of a gunshot wound. Debate still continues as to whether his death was a suicide or murder. This post is continued from Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence and Paris as a base.
A well-defined walking tour tells Van Gogh’s story and marks with images where so many of his paintings were created. The route wanders through town and countryside, painting an enchanting landscape that he brought to life: the floral fields, the starry nights, the crooked buildings with a personality all their own, and the portraits of people you think you have met.
In Auvers, he was a patient of Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, a doctor recommended by the artist Camille Pissaro, advised to do so by his brother Theo. Van Gogh and Gachet became friends. Gachet was also known to be friends with other Impressionist artists of the time, and a collector of their works before they were able to sell them, possibly in payment for his services. I visited Dr. Gachet’s house, now a museum with some more contemporary art exhibits, but lots of photos of the artists. His original Impressionist collection has toured major museums around the world.
Some other sights around Auvers:
To be continued… Rouen and Le Havre, Giverny
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