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Vincent van Gogh Paintings from the Yellow House


Les Alyscamps by Vincent van Gogh
Les Alyscamps 36-1/4x29 inches) is part of a private collection.
Les Alyscamps 36-1/4x29 inches) is part of a private collection.

Vincent van Gogh's 1888 work, Les Alyscamps, was completed shortly after Paul Gauguin arrived in Arles, France, when van Gogh took him to his favorite places to paint. They set up their easels together in the ancient cemetery known as Les Alyscamps (Elysian Fields). In contrast to Paul Gauguin's slow and deliberate process, Vincent van Gogh painted quickly, slashing his pigment on the canvas with thick, broad strokes. This difference became a point of contention between the painters; Vincent van Gogh worked in a rush of emotional energy in opposition to Gauguin's cerebral, considered approach.

Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin were to paint together often during Gauguin's visit. Continue to the next page to see another painting that emerged during this time.

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