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Van Gogh, Vincent (1853-1890)
Movement: Post Impressionism
Technique: Oil on canvas
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Dimensions: 59 x 72 cm. The painting was executed in Auvers not long before van Gogh's death. He repeated the motif of peasant juts on many occasions: "In my opinion, the most marvellous of all that I know in the sphere of architecture is huts with their roofs of moss-grown straw and a smoky hearth," wrote van Gogh in one of his letters.
The thatched roofs seem to be just as much an organic part of nature as the hills, fields and sky. The hilly relief of the distance allowed the artist to accentuate the dynamics of space, which he reinforced through the use of colour contrasts. The tense, wavy brushstrokes and lines convey the dramatism of the artist's perception of life and the world. (from the museums homepage)
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