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Vincent Van Gogh: the last months in Auvers-sur-Oise...

From October 3, 2023 to February 4, 2024, the Musée d'Orsay is offering the first exhibition exclusively devoted to the last months of Vincent Van Gogh's life in Auvers-sur-Oise.

Arriving in this village on May 20, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh ended his life there on July 29, after a suicide attempt.

In just over two months, he produced 74 paintings and 33 drawings, including

iconic works: “Doctor Gachet”, “The church of Auvers-sur-Oise” or even “Wheat field with crows”.

Rich in around fifty paintings and around twenty drawings, the exhibition presents the creative abundance of Vincent who returned to the Paris region after the trials of his stays in Arles and at the Saint-Rémy de Provence asylum.

Edgar Degas. Hortense Valpinçon enfant. 1871. Minneapolis Institute of Art
Vincent Van Gogh. Champ de blé aux corbeaux. 1890.© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vincent Van Gogh settles in the center of the village, in the Ravoux inn. He boarded there for 3.50 francs per day in a modest 7m2 attic, room No.5, lit by a simple skylight.

During his stay, he will explore all aspects of the new world available to him, while battling multiple concerns linked to his crises, his health, his relationships with his brother Théo, his place in the art world.

Édouard Manet. Sur la plage. 1873. © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
Vincent Van Gogh. Champ de blé sous un ciel orageux. 1890.© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vincent Van Gogh's process of creating art required extensive, meticulous, and unceasing effort. In Auvers-sur-Oise, he will find an environment conducive to the expression of his sensitivity and an acute awareness of his environment.

Vincent Van Gogh. L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise. 1890. Musée d'Orsay
Vincent Van Gogh. L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise. 1890. Musée d'Orsay

“Now, in the vagueness of a horizon, however, there comes to me, hope, this eclipsing hope which, in my solitary life, has sometimes consoled me.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Selfportrait - 1889 - painted in Aix en Provence. Musée d'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

75007 Paris

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