Man with Spade in a Suburb of Paris

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41569

"Man with Spade in a Suburb of Paris" (1887) showcases Van Gogh's transformative period. Absorbing influences from French Impressionism and Pointillism, the painting uniquely combines short, distinct strokes with Van Gogh's hallmark vivid colors. The anonymous laborer's depiction—a departure from conventionally grand subjects—captures the dignity of everyday life. This synthesis of styles, subjects, and social commentary makes the artwork a special transition piece from Van Gogh's Dutch years to his more renowned Post-Impressionistic style.

32 cm

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Vincent van Gogh – “Man with a Spade in a Suburb of Paris” is a remarkable piece of artwork known for its embodiment of the post-impressionistic style that the iconic artist, Van Gogh, helped popularize. This hypothetical painting (as it is not one of Van Gogh’s known works as of my knowledge cutoff in 2021) represents the artist’s emphasis on depicting the laboring class, often in the midst of their work, capturing the poignant essence of their toil.

In terms of art style, this hypothetical painting would likely be a classic example of post-impressionism, the movement Van Gogh is most associated with. Post-impressionism emerged as a reaction against impressionists’ focus on the naturalistic depiction of light and color. Instead, post-impressionists like Van Gogh used vivid colors and distinctive brushstrokes to convey their feelings about the subjects they painted. The intense, emotional style, characterized by thick, undulating strokes and bold colors, would potentially be the highlights of “Man with a Spade in a Suburb of Paris”.

Assuming this painting would be from Van Gogh’s Paris period (1886-1888), it’s during these years that he was exposed to impressionism, pointillism, and the emerging symbolism movement, which brought significant shifts to his color palette and brushwork technique. Van Gogh’s portrayals of the Parisian outskirts often reflected his perception of the environment as both beautiful and harsh, and his empathetic view on hard-working individuals.

The special value of this hypothetical painting would lie in its ability to encapsulate the spirit of an era and a class of people often overlooked. It might offer a poignant insight into Van Gogh’s perspective of the world during his time in Paris, capturing the hardships and endurance of the common man. Additionally, Van Gogh’s unique ability to convey emotion through art would likely make this painting a moving and evocative piece.

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Original size:
75 x 48 cm (width x height)
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50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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