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Thatched Cottages and Houses by Vincent van Gogh

    Thatched Cottages and Houses by Vincent van Gogh

    Thatched Cottages and Houses by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1890. The painting is in Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. The size of the work is 59 x 72 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The painting was executed in Auvers not long before van Gogh’s death. He repeated the motif of peasant juts on many occasions: “In my opinion, the most marvellous of all that I know in the sphere of architecture is huts with their roofs of moss-grown straw and a smoky hearth,” wrote van Gogh in one of his letters. The thatched roofs seem to be just as much an organic part of nature as the hills, fields and sky. The hilly relief of the distance allowed the artist to accentuate the dynamics of space, which he reinforced through the use of colour contrasts. The tense, wavy brushstrokes and lines convey the dramatism of the artist’s perception of life and the world… (read more in Hermitage 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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