The beached fishing boats, either freshly painted or bombastically vivid, stand in the sand a few meters from pastel-colored vessels on the static Mediterranean Sea. An elegant and monumental achievement, Van Gogh's Fishing Boats On The Beach At Saintes Maries is one of a series of paintings the artist made in 1888 during an excursion to a small seaside village on the Mediterranean. Situated a short distance from his residence at Arles in Provence, the week-long trip was one of a number of attempts to alleviate his worsening health problems. This series of seascapes and reproductions of village life contrasted the anguish of his condition and stood as a tragic beacon of hope at the end of a prodigious life.
A world away from the fraught, mood-swings of his Arles landscapes, Van Gogh's Fishing Boats On The Beach At Saintes Maries is a seemingly sparse work densely popularity with overlapping layers of meaning. Baring a diverse pool of influences including an analytic understanding of formal qualities of Hiroshige, one of the great masters of the woodcut print technique known as Ukiyo-e, just as the Pointillism of George Seurat, and the psychological intensity of the Impressionists. Fishing Boats On The Beach At Saintes Maries is a fluid and experiential expression of a serene scene rather than a reproduction of life. Van Gogh was only able to make sketches, as the boats left early each morning; the rest he completed from memory later in the day.
Van Gogh portrays a light blue and white sea, with some boats sailing into the horizon. The waves close to the shore show the dark colors of the wet sand underneath. The sky is mostly white, and the brush strokes give a fluttering effect to it. The boat featured in the foreground is red and black with white and yellow details. There are three more boats behind the main one, each portraying a great amount of detail and dark contours.
Like his Irises and Almond Blossom series, the reproduction of the village scene is divided sharply into harmonious categories, dividing the land from the sea, and fusing the vivid contrasts of the natural surfaces of the human-made vessels into a gentle expression of a scene filled with possibility, regularity, and routine.
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