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Early Paintings by Vincent van Gogh

The Parsonage Garden in the Snow by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden in the Snow is an oil on canvas on panel (20-3/4x30-3/4 inches) housed in the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Vincent van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden in the Snow is an oil on canvas on panel (20-3/4x30-3/4 inches) housed in the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Completed in 1885, The Parsonage Garden in the Snow featured a panoramic span of the view of a garden. The painting recalls Carpenter's Yark and Laundry, and the view Vincent van Gogh painted out of his studio window at The Hague.

There is a mournful aura in the starkness of the garden in winter, with bare trees and patches of snow on the hardened ground. But the sky in the distance has a golden glow, and the silhouette of the chapel rises high over the horizon.

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Van Gogh explored the relationship between color and subject in The Potato Eaters. Learn about this early van Gogh painting in the next section.

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