Street in Saintes-Maries

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41596

Vincent van Gogh's "Street in Saintes-Maries" (1888) showcases his innovative Post-Impressionist style. With vibrant colours and energetic brushwork, it captures the pulsating life of a small Provençal town. The painting is special because it signifies van Gogh's transition into his unique, expressive style, heavily influenced by the sun-drenched landscapes of the South of France. This period was a transformative and prolific one for the artist, making "Street in Saintes-Maries" a cornerstone piece in understanding van Gogh's evolution and mastery.

42 cm

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Title: “Vincent van Gogh’s Street in Saintes-Maries – A Unique Masterpiece from the Post-Impressionist Era”

Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch Post-Impressionist master, painted “Street in Saintes-Maries” during his stay in Arles, France, in June 1888. This particular artwork holds a special place in the artist’s oeuvre due to its distinct style, emotional resonance, and the transformative period it represents in van Gogh’s artistic journey.

The painting depicts a quaint, sun-drenched street scene in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a small fishing village in the Camargue region of Southern France. Utilizing his signature bold, dynamic strokes, van Gogh captured the vibrancy and simplicity of the rural landscape, emphasizing the charm and rusticity of the village.

The painting is characterized by the rich use of color – bright blues, vibrant yellows, and warm reds – an element van Gogh is famously known for. His choice to depict the stark light of the Provencal summer shows his experimentation with contrasting hues, marking a departure from the darker, more somber palette of his earlier Dutch period.

“Street in Saintes-Maries” is very special as it reflects a period of intense creativity and personal exploration for van Gogh. The painting was created during his self-imposed exile in Arles, a period marked by a surge in artistic output but also the beginning of his mental health decline.

This period saw van Gogh developing his unique, innovative style, pushing the boundaries of Impressionism towards what would later be known as Post-Impressionism. His brushwork became more expressive, his use of color more vibrant, and his subject matter more emotional and personal.

The painting can be seen as a reflection of van Gogh’s longing for companionship and community, a theme prevalent in many of his works during his Arles period. The tranquility and simplicity of the village, represented through his bold, energetic brushwork, serve as a stark contrast to his turbulent personal life.

1. Vincent van Gogh
2. Street in Saintes-Maries
3. Arles period
4. Post-Impressionism
5. Use of color in van Gogh’s work
6. Van Gogh’s unique brushwork
7. Van Gogh’s painting style transformation
8. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
9. Van Gogh’s exploration of loneliness and community
10. Van Gogh’s mental health
11. Dutch and French periods of Van Gogh’s career
12. Historical context of Street in Saintes-Maries

Original size:
46.1 x 38.3 cm (width x height)
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Maximum order width:
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