On his painting excursions to the northwest suburbs of Paris, Van Gogh often painted the Seine near Asnières with the Ile de la Grande Jatte. Vincent’s Paris period coincided with a time when the Pointillist painter Georges Seurat was one of the leading figures of the avant-garde. Van Gogh explored elements of Seurat’s style, experimenting with “dots” of paint and bold
juxtapositions of contrasting colors. He adopted these new techniques, but gave them his own individual stamp.
At first glance, this tiny painting appears to be a spontaneous, impressionistic study of a river bank. On closer examination, however, we can see that the artist has taken great pains to represent his subject. The shimmering evening light and
the dancing reflections on the water are reproduced with intensity and precision. The carefully studied color combinations
are also remarkable: soft green and gray-blue tones are brought to life through a touch of bright yellow or pink. The warm,
orange-brown of the panel, visible underneath the layers of paint, also plays a role in the composition.
Oil on canvas
32.0 x 40,5 cm
Van Gogh Museum
Image of The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Jatte in the Van Gogh Museum
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