Print van Gogh Stairway at Auvers 11 x 14
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The expressive, swirling lines of the foreground road move backward to the center of the composition and join the base of a stairway on which an elderly man with a stick descends. Chestnut trees are in flower to the right and left, while two pair of women walk along the road. Vincent van Gogh’s work is of a compact, almost claustrophobic density and the sky is barely seen. In one of his final letters, Van Gogh described Auvers as “of a grave beauty, the real countryside, characteristic and picturesque.”

After living more than two years in Provence, Vincent van Gogh moved in May 1890 to Auvers-sur-Oise, 20 miles north of Paris. He was drawn to the town as a site that had inspired such artists as Charles-François Daubigny, Paul Cézanne, and Camille Pissarro. In the extremely productive final two months of his life, van Gogh painted the town's rustic cottages, twisting streets, old church, and surrounding fields of wheat. In a letter to his brother Theo, van Gogh described Auvers-sur-Oise as "profoundly beautiful, it is the real country, characteristic and picturesque." In this canvas, painted not long after his arrival, the swirling brushwork, the emphatic broken strokes, and the brilliant colors of late spring blossoms and verdant growth animate the ordinary subject. The motion of the young girls and women walking up the road leads our attention to the congested heart of the composition, where road, stairway, hill, and wall intersect in an explosive display of expressive line. The picture radiates with the barely contained energy and sheer passion for seeing the world afresh that characterize van Gogh's late career.

Paper size: 11 x 14 inches
Image Size: 9 1/4 x 13 inches
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