Landscape at twilight, 1890

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

In early July 1890 Van Gogh briefly visited his brother in Paris. There he met the French art critic Albert Aurier, who had written an enthusiastic article in January 1890 about the works which Van Gogh had submitted to an exhibition in Brussels. Van Gogh’s submission to the Salon des Independants in Paris that same year had also met with a positive response. Despite this growing appreciation for his work, however, Van Gogh felt he had failed as an artist.

He hastily returned to Auvers where he produced this work in twilight mood. He painted the landscape shortly after sunset, in the vicinity of the chateau. The artist described it as: ‘An evening effect: two pear trees entirely black against the yellowing sky, with wheat-fields and the chateau enclosed by dark foliage against the purple background’.

During his time in Auvers Van Gogh produced various works in this striking format, whose width is twice its height, making it highly suitable for substantial landscapes.

Price: HK$ 268,000

Dimensions: 50.2 cm (H) x 101 cm (W)

 

 

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