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Thatched Cottages At Cordeville

After a year in treatment in an asylum in Saint-Rémy, Vincent Van Gogh feels he is prepared to face life on his own again. He had suffered a traumatic break-down and ended up mutilating his ear. In mid-1890, the artist moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village outside of Paris – this way he was still close to his brother Theo and his family. Van Gogh was very enthusiastic about his new home and its surroundings, writing in letters about his fascination with the countryside with old houses and their thatched roofs to his brother and sister.

The charming landscapes of the Auvers had already been portrayed by modern artists like Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Jean Corot, among others – but none like Van Gogh. The Post-impressionist paints Thatched Cottages At Cordeville a couple of weeks before his tragic and enigmatic death. He had a hopeful wish for a new life at this time, but his paintings show a darker side.

This eerie scene portrays an old house with a thatched roof, next to a small field with a different plantation. The foreground shows a simple brick road with little detail. There is a small irregular fence at the bottom of the canvas that separates the private property from the street. In the right corner, some green vegetation is portrayed with fast brushstrokes, in front of a white house. The artist uses white with a bit of yellow to paint the road, the house and a flowing vegetation adjacent to the house – giving it a supernatural sense. In the far right, part of a greenhouse is painted behind the trees. Above it there is an illuminated green hill with a single tree on top, and is one of the lightest parts of the canvas, drawing less attention.

The sky has an intense light and dark contrast, as the dark blue is filled with voluptuous white clouds, creating a mysterious atmosphere. The composition draws the viewers eyes firstly to the house and next to the busy portrayal of the vegetation on the left side of the painting. Van Gogh uses a color pallet with predominantly green tonalities. He distinguishes different plantations in this small field by varying the shades of green with yellow, ochre and blue, as well as orienting his brush strokes in various directions. The use of contours also helps separate the figures visually in this landscape.

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Thatched Cottages At Cordeville Vincent Van Gogh

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