White Huts at Saintes-Maries

White Huts at Saintes-Maries

"The harsh, hard white of a white wall against the sky can be expressed, at a pinch and in a strange way, by harsh white and by that same white softened by a neutral tone. Because the sky itself colours it with a delicate lilac hue. Again, in this very naive landscape, which is meant to show us a hut, whitewashed overall (the roof, too), situated in an orange field, of course, because the sky in the south and the blue Mediterranean produce an orange that is all the more intense the higher in tint the range of blues — The black note of the door, of the window panes, of the little cross on the rooftop, creates a simultaneous contrast of white and black just as pleasing to the eye as that of the blue with the orange." To Emile Bernard. Arles, on or about Thursday, 7 June 1888
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5th of June 1888
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Painted in Arles upon returning – based on several drawings done while in Saintes Maries de la Mer from midday May 30 to the afternoon of June 3 in 1888.  really working on balancing complimentaries in gold fashion in these cottages pieces.

Cottages built upon the ruins of the old ramparts of the town.  Basically running along Avenue Van Gogh on the opposite side of the arena today.

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“The harsh, hard white of a white wall against the sky can be expressed, at a pinch and in a strange way, by harsh white and by that same white softened by a neutral tone. Because the sky itself colours it with a delicate lilac hue.
Again, in this very naive landscape, which is meant to show us a hut, whitewashed overall (the roof, too), situated in an orange field, of course, because the sky in the south and the blue Mediterranean produce an orange that is all the more intense the higher in tint the range of blues —
The black note of the door, of the window panes, of the little cross on the rooftop, creates a simultaneous contrast of white and black just as pleasing to the eye as that of the blue with the orange.”

To Emile Bernard. Arles, on or about Thursday, 7 June 1888

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas
Arles: June 5, 1888
Kunsthaus Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland, Europe
F: 419, JH: 1465

Where Vincent Was:
Arles,Saintes-Maries

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