Vincent van Gogh
Landscape at Auvers after Rain. June 1890

In June 1890, not long before his death, Van Gogh painted several canvases recording the Auvers countryside with its neatly ploughed fields of wheat and potatoes. In the Pushkin Museum landscape the raised line of the horizon creates an illusion of spatial depth and the high vantage point chosen by the artist makes you feel that you are hovering over the scene. In spite of the tragic circumstances of the last few months of Van Gogh's life, this canvas, which conveys the freshness of a summer's day, is full of light and the urge to live.

Vincent van Gogh

1853–1890