This 8.5"X5.5" spiral notebook was created by SBMA in honor of the exhibitionThrough Vincent's Eyes on view February 27th, 2022 through May 22nd, 2022.
This landscape of ‘Les Vessenots,’ on the outskirts of Auvers, shows a group of old country cottages placed just below a raised horizon; further down, wheat fields stretch to the bottom of the canvas, broken only by a few swaying trees. The narrow colour range—mainly bright greens and yellows—and the nervous, agitated brushstrokes following a repetitive, undulating rhythm, are characteristic of the artist’s work in his final period.
Van Gogh painted a large number of landscapes in the weeks before his death, always working outdoors. By that time, he was prey to all manner of conflicting moods: the vast expanses of fertile cropland gave him a sense of freedom, but at the same time intensified the feeling of melancholy and loneliness which would eventually lead to his suicide.
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) Les Vessenots in Auvers, 1890
Oil on canvas, 21 5⁄8 × 25 9/16 in.
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (inv. no. 559, 1978.41