Le Moulin de Blute-Fin

Le Moulin de Blute-Fin

Painting Date
1st of July 1886
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A summer painting under a gray Montmartre sky of the Moulin Blute Fin mill and possibly the Moulin Radet in the background right.  Vincent’s palette is in an experimental stage as he is using reds and greens to compliment each other instead of trying to maintain a brown/gray harmony so sought after in his earlier Dutch landscapes.  The humble working man of the soil, a theme close to Vincent’s heart is honored in the dark blue/indigo figure working a garden at center left.  The lattice work at  middle left is peppered with autumn color and feel, with the same warm red repeated in roof tiles at center and a circular chimney center left and complimentary greens in shrubs, weeds and background.

Bridgestone Museum of Art:  Vincent van Gogh arrived in Paris from Antwerp early in the spring of 1886. His younger brother Theo had been living at the bottom of the hill of Montmartre, but, upon Vincent’s arrival, rented a flat halfway up the hill to share with his brother. A famous dance hall, Le Moulin de la Galette, was near their flat. This work shows the landscape as seen from behind the dance hall, with windmills and the tricolor flags flying on them. This painting by van Gogh may seem subdued when compared with Renoir’s lively, lavish painting of that same dance hall from about a decade earlier. Compared with the work van Gogh created while in the Netherlands, however, it is glowing with bright tones not found in those earlier paintings.



Painting, Oil on Canvas
Paris: Summer, 1886
Bridgestone Museum of Art
Tokyo, Japan, Asia
F: 273, JH: 1116

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