Painted only a few months before his death, Van Gogh's Church at Auvers is a monumental integration of his two dominant stylistic periods. Forging both the idiosyncrasies of his pre-Paris landscapes painted in Nueuen and his Japanese wood-block inspired later work, Church at Auvers is both a traumatic and serene reproduction of a loaded scene.
After his stay at the sanatorium in Arles following his self-mutilation, Van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise on the outskirts of Paris. Wishing to be closer to the friends he made during his stay in the city, and nearer to his beloved brother Theo; Van Gogh placed himself under the watchful eye of Dr. Gachet. Managing to finish a painting a day from his arrival to the day of his death, Van Gogh was desperate to submerge himself in his craft, feeling that it might assuage his rapidly declining mental health.
The trigger for his most catastrophic breakdown was the visit he received from Paul Gaugin. Endlessly optimistic, Van Gogh hoped that he and Gaugin would start a studio-based community of artists in Arles, a town that so inspired the troubled artist. The disintegration of this dream is expressed in his Church at Auvers, as the torrent-like path and the bubbling grass appear to ingest the Church.
Van Gogh seems to divide the painting in two; the bottom half is sunny and portray dark colors, and the top half is dark and somber. The Post-Impressionist depicts a bright yellow and orange path, forking into two roads that circulate both sides of the church, and green grass around it. There is a woman in a blue skirt on taking the left road, going into the shadow cast by the church. The sky is black and dark blue with swirly brush strokes as if a storm was brewing up. The church is featured as the central figure, taking up almost half of the canvas, and is drenched in a greenish shadow.
Rather than a reproduction of a village scene, the painting is an expression of reality as Van Gogh saw it – rapidly disintegrating with night edging ever closer. A peasant woman seems to dash away from the viewer as if fleeing from the lonely painter during the act of depiction. The sumptuous and ambitious colors inconspicuously melt into darkness, as the brooding jet-black clouds signal an uncertain and fragile future.
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