Auvers-sur-Oise is known for being the place where the famous painter Vincent van Gogh spent his last days. Therefore, this population and French commune is one of the favorite tourist destinations for fans of this artist's work. Next, we discover everything about this corner. Do you dare to meet him?
Van Gogh's life in Auvers-sur-OiseAuberge Ravoux - Emmanuelle Richard / Flickr.com
Van Gogh's last years were marked by his psychiatric problems. The painter suffered collapses and suffered anguish, as well as terror and hallucinations with access to anger. After leaving the sanatorium of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he was admitted for these problems, he decided to move to Auvers-sur-Oise.
Already in the French commune, the Dutch painter settled in the Ravoux pension, where he met Dr. Paul Gachet, who offered to take care of him. Van Gogh then began an intense artistic activity. In fact, in his last thirty months of life he created no less than about five hundred works.
Regrettably, In February 1890 Van Gogh suffered a new crisis. He did not prevent him from painting, however, his depression went over and on July 27 of that year he shot himself in the chest with a revolver while walking through the countryside. He died two days later, with only 37 years.
Church of Auvers-sur-Oise - Wikimedia Commons
"Let's not forget that small emotions are the captains of our lives and we obey them without even realizing it."
-Vincent van Gogh-
Walking through Auvers-sur-Oise is moving to the different works that Van Gogh painted in the town. One of them is The church of Auvers-sur-Oise. As the name implies, it shows the religious construction that is situated on a slightly elevated hill. In this work the colors are strong and the strokes are vigorous.
We pass to Daubigny's garden, in which Van Gogh represented the garden of the house that the Parisian painter Charles-François Daubigny had in the village. Today the workshop house houses some of the works of this, as well as portraits of family and friends. The visit can be completed by going to the Daubigny Museum, in Villa des Colombières.
Regarding the landscapes that Van Gogh represented, three works stand out: Wheat Fields Under Cloudy Sky, of which many claim that it is his last oil; Landscape with Auvers Castle, in which the orange and yellowish tones of the sky contrast with the greens of the vegetation; Y Landscape with carriages and train in the background.
So, Van Gogh lovers cannot leave Auvers-sur-Oise without visiting their church, Auvers Castle or Daubigny studio. In addition, you should look for the other twenty-nine plates that are scattered throughout the commune with images of the works that the Dutchman painted and the buildings or panoramas that inspired him.melina1965 / Flickr.com
In addition to the constructions that we have just seen that Van Gogh embodied in his canvases, you can take advantage to visit other places that are related to the artist. One of those sites is the cemetery, where he is buried next to his brother Theo, died six months later than the painter.
Theo had a very important role in the life of Van Gogh, since, from the outset, he gave him constant and selfless financial support throughout his life. The relationship between the two is reflected in a documentary that can be seen in the Ravoux pension
In this place, in addition, You can see the room in which the artist spent the night. A room that remains intact. The ticket price is six euros.
Another of the essential places that those who want to know more about Van Gogh should visit is the house of Dr. Gachet. Admission is free and hosts various exhibitions about the painter inside. In fact, you can see several elements that appear in the Dutch oil paintings, such as the red table of the Portrait of Doctor Gachet.
Auvers-sur-Oise is, therefore, a very good opportunity to know the scenarios that inspired Van Gogh In the last stage of his life. Another point in favor is its proximity to the capital of France, where you can also visit the Museum of Orsay, with various works by the famous Dutch painter.