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Early Paintings by Vincent van Gogh


Lane of Poplars at Sunset by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh’s Lane of Poplars at Sunset is an oil on canvas (18x12-3/4 inches) housed in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.
Vincent van Gogh’s Lane of Poplars at Sunset is an oil on canvas (18x12-3/4 inches) housed in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.

Completed in 1884, Lane of Poplars at Sunset is representative of Vincent van Gogh’s early interest in landscapes, as well as his continued explorations of color.

Completed in 1884, Lane of Poplars at Sunset is representative of Vincent van Gogh’s early interest in landscapes, as well as his continued explorations of color.

Van Gogh sought to capture the natural effects of seasonal change through color. The flame-red foliage of the stands of poplar gain intensity from the low angle of the setting sun. Flanking the path, they cast red-brown shadows, but where the sun breaks through, the ground takes on an orange glow. The chill in the air is expressed in the way the woman on the path gathers her shawl around her to protect against the cold.

Varied brush strokes make Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen unique among van Gogh's early works. Learn about it in the next section.

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