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Vincent van Gogh Final Paintings


Houses at Auvers by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Houses at Auvers (oil on canvas, 28-1/4x23-3/4 inches) hangs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Vincent van Gogh's Houses at Auvers (oil on canvas, 28-1/4x23-3/4 inches) hangs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

Houses at Auvers was painted in 1890, shortly after Vincent van Gogh arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise and he seemed to be on the mend. Indeed, Vincent's first letters to his brother Theo from Auvers-sur-Oise were cautiously optimistic. His health was good, and he found his room comfortable. The village had a picturesque appeal; even the new homes were "radiant and sunny and covered with flowers." Unlike the writhing rhythms that characterized his landscape work at Saint-Rémy, Vincent van Gogh's first paintings at Auvers, such as Houses at Auvers, exhibited a new stability, seen in the strongly interlocked strokes of heavy pigment.

While in Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent van Gogh continued his exploration of the possibilities of color. Keep reading to see how van Gogh did this.

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