The Old Church Tower at Nuenen ('The Peasants' Churchyard'), 1885

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 65 x 88 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 84

Van Gogh wished this painting to reflect the simplicity and sobriety of a peasant churchyard, where ‘for centuries the peasants have been laid to rest, among the fields in which they rooted when alive.’ He saw the ruined church tower – which was demolished shortly afterwards – as expressive of the declining influence of Christianity.

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