Basket of Apples

Vincent van GoghSeptember 1885 - 1885

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In this painting Vincent van Gogh experimented with colour contrasts. Like in other still lifes that he made in the Dutch village of Nuenen, Vincent tried out different colour combinations. Instead of placing them next to each other (which he would later do), Van Gogh mixed the complementary colours into shades of brownish-grey. Like in this work. Even though Van Gogh systematically applied colour theory, he did not yet achieve any strong and bright colour effects until he moved to Paris.


  • Title: Basket of Apples
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Creator Lifespan: 30 March 1853 - 29 July 1890
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Creator Birth Place: Zundert
  • Date Created: September 1885 - 1885
  • Location Created: Nuenen, The Netherlands
  • Place Part Of: The Netherlands
  • Type: Still life
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: Basket of Apples

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