A Group of Cottages

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:40322

"Van Gogh's 'A Group of Cottages' (1885) is a captivating example of his early Post-Impressionistic style, before the vivid color palette of his later years. The painting measures 60 cm x 73 cm, subtly demonstrating the artist's shift towards emphasizing emotion over realism. The earthy hues and textural contrast between the cottages and surrounding environment depict the harsh rural life. This special piece marks a crucial period of Van Gogh's stylistic evolution, embodying the artist's empathy for the common people and his experimental brushwork, which later defined his iconic style."

41 cm

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“Group of Cottages” by Vincent van Gogh is a painting that reflects his fascination with rural life, his appreciation for the hardworking peasants, and his passion for the raw beauty of the countryside. This artwork was created in 1890 during his stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village north of Paris.

“Group of Cottages” exemplifies Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionist style, characterized by bold colors, dramatic and impulsive brushwork, and emphasis on symbolic or emotional content. The painting is also closely linked to the Expressionist movement because of the emotional resonance that Van Gogh brought to his depiction of landscapes and rural life.

The subject of the painting is a cluster of modest peasant houses. The treatment of the architectural forms, as well as the surrounding landscape, with dense and turbulent brushstrokes, conveys a sense of vibrancy and dynamic movement. This technique, combined with his choice of colors – mostly dark tones punctuated by areas of brighter color, helps convey a mood and atmosphere that speaks to both the hardships and the beauty of peasant life.

The special significance of “Group of Cottages” lies in its representation of Van Gogh’s unique artistic vision and his philosophical beliefs. He saw rural life as more genuine and real than the artificiality of city life. His empathy for peasants is also evident in this painting. Furthermore, this piece was created towards the end of Van Gogh’s life when he was battling mental health issues, lending a poignant quality to the painting as a testament of his struggle and resilience.

Moreover, it’s worth noting that this painting represents a part of Van Gogh’s transition in his late period, from the brighter, sun-drenched scenes of the South of France to the more muted, melancholic landscapes and village scenes of northern France. Therefore, this painting holds an important place in Van Gogh’s body of work and gives valuable insight into his evolution as an artist.

Remember that interpretation of art can be subjective, and different people may see and feel different things when observing a painting. Van Gogh himself once said, “We see with our eyes many things, but we see deeper with our hearts.” His works, including “Group of Cottages,” invite viewers to not only observe but also to feel and empathize.

Original size:
73 x 60 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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