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The sea at Saintes Maries de la Mer

Van Gogh painted this vibrant seascape outdoors. In fast, loose brushstrokes he tried to capture the colour of the sea. He described it as 'a colour like mackerel, in other words, changing you don't
always know if it's green or purple you don't always know if it's blue because a second later, its changing reflection has
taken on a pink or grey hue.

In the paint layer of this work are grains of sand that got in there during painting in the open-air.

Oil on canvas
51.0 x 64.0 cm
Arles 1888
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

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Seascape at Saintes-Maries by Vincent van Gogh
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