Farms near Auvers

1890, Vincent van Gogh

On loan from Tate: Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933, © 2000 Tate

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Van Gogh loved the ‘mossy thatched roofs’ which he saw near his last home at Auvers, close to Paris. A row of dilapidated farm buildings dominates this picture, made a month before the artist’s death.

Their shapes are mimicked by the fields and hills behind. The hasty brushwork and blank sky suggest that the painting is unfinished.

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