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Mountains at Saint-Remy by Vincent van Gogh

    Mountains at Saint-Remy by Vincent van Gogh

    Mountains at Saint-Remy by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1889. The painting is in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York. The size of the work is 72,8 x 92 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Mountains at Saint-Rémy was painted in July 1889, when Van Gogh was recovering from just such an episode at the hospital of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in the southern French town of Saint-Rémy. The painting represents the Alpilles, a low range of mountains visible from the hospital grounds. In it, Van Gogh activated the terrain and sky with the heavy impasto and bold, broad brushstrokes characteristic of his late work. Van Gogh advocated painting from nature rather than inventing a motif from the imagination.

    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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