Farmhouse in Provence  1888

by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh arrived in Arles in February 1888, the landscape covered with snow. But it was sun that he sought in Provence—a brilliant light that would wash out detail and simplify forms, reducing the world around him to the kinds of flat patterns he admired in Japanese woodblock prints. Arles, he said, was "the Japan of the South." Van Gogh's time in Arles was amazingly produ...
46.1 x 60.9 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington