Factories at Asnieres, Seen from the Quai de Clichy

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41548

"Factories at Asnières, Seen from the Quai de Clichy" was painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1887 during his Parisian period. This work marks van Gogh's experimentation with Impressionism and Pointillism, departing from his early somber palette. The painting uniquely represents van Gogh's evolving style and interest in modern industrial landscapes, juxtaposed with natural elements. A rare subject among his works, the factory scene serves as a visual commentary on the industrialization of the 19th-century French society. This artwork vividly showcases van Gogh's transition towards his distinctive, bold post-impressionist style.

37 cm

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Title: Factories at Asnieres, Seen from the Quai de Clichy
Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Year: 1887

“Factories at Asnieres, Seen from the Quai de Clichy” is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, created during his Parisian period in the year 1887. This work belongs to a period in Van Gogh’s career when he was exploring various styles before developing his unique, instantly recognizable technique.

Van Gogh painted this work in the open air, inspired by the industrial landscapes surrounding Paris. The painting’s location, Asnieres, is an industrial suburb in the north-west of Paris. The factories, smokestacks, and the river Seine provide a unique, non-idealized vision of modern life in the late 19th century.

In terms of style, this painting demonstrates Van Gogh’s transition between his earlier, darker Dutch period and his later, brighter style that emerged fully during his time in Arles, which is often associated with his most famous works. During his stay in Paris (1886-1888), Van Gogh was influenced by the impressionist and post-impressionist movements, leading him to experiment with brighter color palettes, looser brushwork, and non-traditional subject matter.

“Factories at Asnieres, Seen from the Quai de Clichy” showcases Van Gogh’s growing interest in capturing the play of natural light. This is evident in the way he represents the shimmering water and the glow of the sky. The painting employs a muted yet rich color scheme, with subtle variations of blues and grays. His brushwork, while not as vigorous as in his later works, is nevertheless expressive, suggesting the movement of water and smoke.

What makes this painting special is its reflection of the changing world during the late 19th century. While many of his contemporaries continued to focus on more traditional landscapes and scenes from rural life, Van Gogh, along with a handful of other artists, was interested in the modern, industrial landscape.

“Factories at Asnieres, Seen from the Quai de Clichy” illustrates Van Gogh’s innovative vision and his willingness to embrace and portray the new, industrialized world. It provides an interesting look at the artist’s evolution and his embrace of modern themes, showing his ability to find beauty in unconventional, even industrial, landscapes. It’s a testament to Van Gogh’s unique perspective and one of the many reasons why he’s considered one of the most important painters in art history.

Original size:
72.7 x 53.7 cm (width x height)
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Maximum order width:
183 cm

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