Vincent van Gogh's 1890 painting titled Marguerite Gachet in the Garden was one of nearly 80 works van Gogh completed during his two-and-a-half-month residence in Auvers-sur-Oise. Painting with unprecedented speed, Vincent van Gogh adopted a looser brush stroke and a lighter palette, reflecting the newfound freedom of living on his own. Marguerite Gachet in the Garden is painted as rapidly as any of Vincent's Parisian experiments with Impressionist technique.
Auvers-sur-Oise appealed to Vincent not only because of the Gachets, but also because there was a strong artistic tradition in the town, going back to the plein air painter Charles-François Daubigny. On the next page, we'll see Vincent van Gogh honoring Daubigny's legacy.