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The Bridge at Courbevoie by Vincent van Gogh

    The Bridge at Courbevoie by Vincent van Gogh

    The Bridge at Courbevoie by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1887. The painting is in Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The size of the work is 32,1 x 40,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    From May 1887, Van Gogh made 30 river views and landscapes along the Seine near Paris. He painted The Bridge at Courbevoie in one session. He focused on the reflections in the water. Here he paid less attention to whether the perspective was right, or the proportions of the human figures. Van Gogh placed stripes of paint in all kinds of colors next to and sometimes on top of each other. That was his own free variant of pointillism. He was familiar with this way of working from artists such as Georges Seurat (1859-1891) and Paul Signac (1863-1935). They mainly worked with small dots.

    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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