Roofs in Paris, 1886

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Pasteboard on Multiplex, 30 X 41 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 231

Although he became acquainted with Impressionism upon his arrival in Paris, Van Gogh initially continued to paint in dark colors. This view of roofs and the backs of houses was executed in subdued brown and gray.

Perched in Montmartre, where he had gone to live with Theo, his apartment afforded a wonderful view over the city, which he painted several times. In this work, however, his eye ranged less far afield. Here he was particularly interested in the color graduations of the houses that seemed to have been piled so carelessly one on top of the other.

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