Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise, the last months
Presented at the Musée d’Orsay in autumn 2023, this will be the first exhibition devoted to the works produced by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) during the last two months of his life, at Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris. The exhibition is the culmination of years of research into this crucial phase in the artist’s life, and will enable the public to appreciate it in its true dimension.
Vincent Van Gogh arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise on 20 May 1890 and died there on 29 July following a suicide attempt. Although the painter only spent a little over two months in Auvers, this period saw an artistic revival, with his own style and development, marked by the psychological tension born of his new situation, but also by the creation of some of his greatest masterpieces.
No exhibition has yet been devoted exclusively to this final, yet crucial, stage of his career. In two months, the painter produced 74 paintings and 33 drawings, including such iconic works as Le Docteur Paul Gachet, L’église d’Auvers-sur-Oise and Champ de blé aux corbeaux. Featuring around forty paintings and twenty drawings, the exhibition will highlight this period by theme: early landscapes depicting the village, portraits, still lifes and landscapes of the surrounding countryside. It will also feature a series of paintings in an elongated double-square format, unique in Van Gogh’s oeuvre.