Vincent van Gogh · The Church at Auvers-sur-Oise
1890, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. If we compare this painting with the Cathedrals of Claude Monet, painted shortly after, we measure what separates the process of van Gogh from the one of the Impressionists. Unlike Monet, he does not try to make the impression of the play of light on the monument. While the church remains recognizable, the painting offers the viewer rather than an accurate picture of the reality, a form of "expression" of it. The plastic means used by van Gogh foreshadow the work of the Fauves and Expressionists.
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