Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of Van Gogh–In the Paris Suburbs, An Unusual View

Vincent van Gogh, The Factory at Asnieres, 1887, oil on canvas, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA


Dutch master Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was inspired by the world around him, even scenes like the factory portrayed above, located in the northern suburbs of Paris.  Yet, his use of rich colors and expressive brushstrokes offers us a unique perspectives of the changing industrial environment of the late 19th century.

Van Gogh lived for two years in Paris, from 1886-1888, creating numerous works of art, including the striking self-portrait below.


Vincent van Gogh, Self Portrait, 1887, oil on cardboard, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands






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