Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41626

"Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre", painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1887, is a vivid exemplification of the Post-Impressionist style. Van Gogh employed bold, undulating brushstrokes and expressive colours to capture the essence of the rustic gardens, a break from traditional Impressionist motifs. Its significance lies in its thematic shift - it heralds Van Gogh's transition towards a unique visual language of his own, providing glimpses of his future masterpieces. Moreover, the painting captures a disappearing rural Paris, imbuing it with a historical aura and deep emotional resonance.

41 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh’s “Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre”: An Artistic Gem

Vincent van Gogh, one of the most renowned post-Impressionist painters, has left an indelible mark on the world of art. Among his impressive oeuvre, “Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre” (Les Jardins Potagers à Montmartre) stands out as a remarkable creation. Painted in the year 1887 during van Gogh’s two-year stay in Paris, this artwork signifies a significant shift in the artist’s technique and color palette.

In “Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre,” van Gogh masterfully blends the elements of the vibrant city life of Paris and the tranquility of nature. This painting depicts Montmartre, an area that was undergoing urbanization during the late 19th century. Despite this, van Gogh managed to find spaces of nature and rural life, capturing the vegetable gardens, windmills, and cottages that were still present amidst the city’s expansion.

The painting is special for several reasons. First, it showcases van Gogh’s transition from the darker, earthy tones of his early Dutch period to the brighter, more vivid colors of his French period. The usage of brighter hues, bolder brush strokes, and pointillist technique, clearly influenced by Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists he met in Paris, is evident in this piece.

Second, “Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre” represents the juxtaposition of urban and rural life, a theme not commonly explored by van Gogh. The artist, known for his landscapes and scenes of rural life, here integrates the theme of modern urban life subtly emerging in the background, hinting at the growing encroachment of urbanization on nature.

Lastly, this painting also reflects van Gogh’s emotional state during his time in Paris. The relative tranquility and orderliness of the scene, with neatly arranged plots of vegetables and a clear, serene sky, suggests a period of calm and stability in van Gogh’s often turbulent life.

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Original size:
100 x 81 cm (width x height)
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