The way out of the Protestant church in Nyuenen by Vincent Van Gogh

The way out of the Protestant church in Nyuenen by Vincent Van Gogh

In 1882, Van Gogh’s father was appointed pastor in Nyuen. Soon his whole family moved there, including Vincent. Relations with the artist’s parents were very difficult.

Two years later, with Van Gogh’s mother, an accident occurred, as a result of which she injured her thigh. Vincent and his sister took care of her, and the relationship between mother and son began to improve. To make her a gift, Van Gogh began work on the painting, which was completely completed in 1885.

In the picture, the influence of the classical school is still very noticeable. A strictly limited color scheme

is built on a combination of different shades of ocher. Deep black shadows, dull, lifeless colors create an atmosphere of tension and depression.

The black roof of the church is the compositional dominant of the painting. On it there is absolutely no reflection of the blue, clear and seemingly alien canvas of the sky. Figures of people, such small against the backdrop of a majestic church, are written with careless strokes of dark colors. Their faces are omitted, which further exacerbates the general mood.

Perhaps the bright sky personified Vincent’s hopes for a better future, and, depicting the branches of trees with the last foliage against his background, the artist sought to convey the lyrical mood of late autumn. But everything that is under the sky, remained an enveloped atmosphere of depression and cold.

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