Paris, July 1887 Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
oil on canvas,
46.2 cm x 55.2 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
In Paris, Van Gogh experimented with the Pointillist stippling technique. This woodland scene is a good example. He covered the entire canvas with small dots of paint. The result is a play of light and shadow on the ground between the trees. The strip of yellow in the middle suggests the sunlight of a clearing in the distance. Along with the tree trunk on the right, it brings depth to the scene.
Van Gogh drew strength from nature: 'Sometimes it's precisely those spots where one no longer feels anything of what's known as the civilized world ... sometimes it's precisely those spots that one needs to achieve calm.'