Available on p. 17 ( CLIL, Art in English, Pearson)
Van Gogh, The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890
Van GOGH, The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise
After staying in the south of France, in Arles, and then at the psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy de Provence, Vincent Van Gogh settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village in the outskirts of Paris. His brother Théo, concerned with his health, incited him to see the Doctor Gachet, himself a painter and a friend of numerous artists, who accepted to treat him.
This is the only painting representing in full the church in Auvers that may sometimes be distinguished in the background of views of the whole village. This Church was built in the 13th century in the early Gothic style, flanked by two Romanesque chapels. It became under the painter's brush a flamboyant monument in a moving and vibrant landscape. The paint is applied in waves, lines and dots: the two foreground paths divided the composition and seem to want to en circle and compress the Church itself. Even though the church remains recognisable, the painting does not so much offer the spectator a faithful image of reality than a form of "expression" of a church. The artistic means used by Van Gogh anticipate the work of the fauvists and expressionist painters.