Arly Ladies (Remembering the Garden in Etten), Van Gogh, 1888
- Posted by Vincent Van Gogh
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: 1888
Description of the picture :
Arlesky Ladies (Remembering the Garden in Etten) – Vincent Van Gogh. 1888. Oil on canvas. 73×92
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is a representative of the direction of post-impressionism in painting. During his life, he was not recognized, actually begged, and today his canvas is the pride of any museum and luck for the auction house.
The second name of the picture presented belongs to the village of Etten in Holland, where the parents of Van Gogh lived. Thus, a Dutch peasant who cares for flowers and a cabbage field in the background appear on the canvas. The bright color and red shadow on the umbrella are associated with the dazzling light of Provence. The canvas is not written from nature, but from imagination. Everything in it is flat – both figures and landscape. The space does not turn into depth, it goes parallel to the plane of the canvas in separate zones – this method Van Gogh borrowed from Japanese artists. Inside the “zone” are saturated with rapidly tangible strokes that create the internal dynamism of forms.
“Arl ladies” is an ambiguous, very complex work. Despite the bright color of the colors, the picture causes the viewer an involuntary sense of anxiety, exacerbated by the sad faces of the women walking. The work was written on the last 8 years of the artist’s life, when the world around him brought only suffering.