Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, April-May 1886
oil on cardboard,
22.2 cm x 16.3 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
This is one of the first paintings that Van Gogh produced in Paris. He painted it outdoors, probably on Montmartre. Only one side of the hill was built-up at that time. The exact location is now impossible to identify.
The small painting was to become a family favourite. Vincent’s sister-in-law, Jo van Gogh-Bonger (Theo’s widow), kept it standing on her mantelpiece. And her son, Vincent Willem, who founded the Van Gogh Museum, later had it hanging in his home.