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The old church tower at Nuenen (`The peasants' churchyard')

Vincent van GoghMay 1885 - June 1885

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh wished this painting to reflect the simplicity and sobriety of a peasant churchyard, where ‘for centuries the peasants have been laid to rest, among the fields in which they rooted when alive.’ He saw the ruined church tower – which was demolished shortly afterwards – as expressive of the declining influence of Christianity.

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