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Garden with Courting Couples by Vincent van Gogh

    Garden with Courting Couples by Vincent van Gogh

    Garden with Courting Couples Square Saint-Pierre by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1887. The painting is in Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. The size of the work is 75 x 113 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Van Gogh called this sunny park scene ‘the painting of the garden with lovers’. Couples in love are strolling under the young chestnut trees and sitting along the winding paths. He used a free variation on the technique of the Pointillists. They built up their compositions from dots of paint. Van Gogh instead applied small brushstrokes of varying length in different directions. This helped him to create the effect of a radiant spring day, which fit the sense of intimacy and togetherness he wished to express… (read more in Van Gogh Museum)

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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