Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures

Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures

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Painting Date
30th of May 1890
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Vincent probably painted “Village Street and Steps with Figures” in the first couple of weeks after arriving in Auvers. He did not specifically mention this painting in any of his letters so it is difficult to precisely date it.  It is similar in composition to “The House of Pere Pilon” in the strangely wavily depicted wagon tracks in the receding views of roads in both paintings.  The contrast between the two might lay in how Vincent uses curves in the Street with Figures.  The pairs of women walking away from us draw us toward the snaking stair rails and stairs in bright yellow and the awkward figure in deep green outlined coming down.  Everything seems to be in motion except for the perpendicular lines of the large house at top center in white with a red-orange roof and yellow chimney standing like a rock in anchor of the background.  Chestnuts are in blossom against a cobalt blue sky which is barely in the chosen perspective, placing focus on the center and lower center of the work as all lines seem to pull us in to the center.

The location of this painting is literally around the corner from Vincent’s room in the attic of the Ravoux Inn on the Rue de la Sansonne in Auvers Sur Oise.  Unfortunately, the stairs need to be imagined as they are no longer exist but the rest of his view is recognizable today.



Painting, Oil on Canvas

Auvers-sur-Oise: May-late in the month, 1890

The Saint Louis Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America, North America

F: 795, JH: 2111

Where Vincent Was:
Auvers Sur Oise

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