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Rue de l’Église

The church in Auvers-sur-Oise still exists and can be visited.

Van Gogh in


  1. 20 May 1890
     - 29 Jul.1890

In early June 1890, Vincent painted the medieval church in Auvers-sur-Oise. He described the painting in a letter to his sister Willemien:

“With that I have a larger painting of the village church – an effect in which the building appears purplish against a sky of a deep and simple blue of pure cobalt, the stained-glass windows look like ultramarine blue patches, the roof is violet and in part orange. In the foreground a little flowery greenery and some sunny pink sand.” Read the complete letter

Vincent compared the painting to the studies he had made of the old church in Nuenen.

Relevant letters from Vincent

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  1. Marije Vellekoop e.a.

    Vincent van Gogh tekeningen, deel 4: Saint-Rémy en Auvers-sur-Oise 1888-1890
    Zwolle, 2007
  2. Ronald Pickvance

    Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers
    New York, 1986
  3. Wouter van der Veen

    Van Gogh in Auvers: his last days
    New York, 2010