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Garden with courting couples: square Saint-Pierre

Vincent van GoghMay 1887

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

This sun-drenched view of a park is one of the largest canvases van Gogh ever produced in Paris. It is also an example of the pointillist painting technique that pre-occupied him at this time. However, rather than 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.

Van Gogh himself called this work 'The garden with lovers' (see letter to Theo van Gogh, 3 April 1888 ).

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