Painted early in the artist's career, a mere four years after he had initially taken up painting, Van Gogh's Autumn Landscape (1885) is a masterful reproduction of the tones and palettes of light shifting between the seasons.
Rapidly honing his broad, experiential technique, the artist transformed the reproduction of an autumn scene into a chromatic deconstruction of the Impressionist technique, limiting his palette to a small range of shades subdivided into serene hues. The artistic movement of Impressionism, then taking Paris by storm, had initially deeply attracted the young Van Gogh who was drawn to the psychological intensity and brooding atmosphere he saw reflected in nature. In Autumn Landscape the rhythms of nature beat along a vertical axis, in stark contrast to the swirling vortex of his later work in Arles, Provence. The bold dynamism of his brushstrokes hint at a creative charisma that juxtaposed his characteristic lack of self-confidence.
Van Gogh described his satisfaction with the work in a letter to his brother, Theo, remarking upon the sense of progress he felt he was making in a year that would also produce his famous The Potato Eaters. Indeed, the color scheme he was using that year was one suffused with gloom and introversion, a number of years before the mastery of his blue and yellow period.
Impressionism, very much in fashion at the time, was driven by a contemporary Western fascination for the reproductions of woodblock prints of Hokusai that had recently emerged from a Japan a recently opened to the outside world. In light of his lack of commercial success Van Gogh's brother Theo suggested he revise his palette in favor of the bright, paradoxically-matching colors of the Japanese-influence Impressionists. Thus, Autumn Landscape is one of Van Gogh's final works before he departed for Paris to soak up new ideas and techniques, and resonates with a deep, experiential knowledge of home.
As a master of creating harmonious color palettes, Van Gogh executed this painting with great complementary combinations. The trees and ground with mostly orange – that complements the blue sky – and red. He highlights the top of the trees with specks of yellow paint, paring with the violet tonalities of the sky. The trunks are dark, as is the vegetation on the bottom of the trees.
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