Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre

Vincent van GoghMay 1887

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This sunny park view is one of the largest canvases Vincent van Gogh ever produced in Paris. Inspired by the dots used by Pointillists, Van Gogh instead employed loose little paint stripes. He applied the paint in different directions and thicknesses, whereby each element—the air, vegetation and the figures—acquires its own particular texture. This helped him to create the effect of a radiant spring day, which fit the sense of intimacy and togetherness he wished to express.

Van Gogh himself called this work 'The garden with lovers'.


  • Title: Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre
  • 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: May 1887
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Type: Portrait
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre

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