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At the end of 1889, Vincent Van Gogh admitted himself as a voluntary patient in an Asylum in Saint-RÃ©my. Although to this day no one was able to diagnose the artist's condition, it is known he had a break-down and mutilated himself. Because of this, the artist found it necessary to find help and take better care of his health. During this period, the Post-Impressionist painter spends some time in locked in his room, and after he improved his health a bit, was able to paint outside.
Although these times were particularly hard on the artist, he did not want to stop painting, as he saw it as a healing process. Because of this, he decided to produce paintings based on works of the artists he admired. He would use prints and photographs as references and interpreted these compositions in his way — so, in a sense, they were not copies but a rereading of the work. Van Gogh used artworks by earlier Realist and Romanticist artists, like HonorÃ© Daumier, Eugene Delacroix, Gustav DorÃ©, as well as Asian artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen.
The painting First Step (After Millet) is one of these reproductions made by Van Gogh in 1890 while he was in the asylum, inspired by Jean-FranÃ§ois Millet's crayon drawing made in 1858. The artist only had access to this work thanks to his brother Theo that sent him a black and white photograph of it by post — giving his imagination the liberty to interpret the colors as he wished. This theme spoke dearly to Van Gogh, as his brother was recently married and expecting a child. He did not portray children very often in his work but has expressed the joy he felt in doing so, for he saw it as a sign of rebirth and renewal.
Vincent Van Gogh portrayed this typical scene with such warmth and passion. He followed Millet's drawing and composition with precision but incorporated a beautiful and suave color pallet to the canvas. The painting shows a father that stopped his farm work and receives his child's first steps with open arms. His wife holds the child to protect her from falling. The bottom half of the painting is predominantly yellow with specks of green, and the top with green vegetation. Van Gogh uses blue to portray the house and the sky behind the trees, as well as the mother and father's clothing.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of First Steps (after Millet), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of First Steps (after Millet) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.