Entrance to the Public Park in Arles: Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh: Entrance to the Public Park in Arles

In 1888’s Entrance to the Public Park in Arles by Vincent Van Gogh, the brushwork in the trees particularly resemble those of Cezanne’s from a year before. They are isolated from each other but work together to give the similarity of foliage. Van Gogh’s figures too are isolated and self-involved. A man reads a newspaper, two women set apart sit in silence.

The theme seems to be human isolation within a community or city. Just as the trees are lovingly painted and show an affinity and consolation in nature, the way to this consolation is barred by the fencing.

Vincent Van Gogh’s Entrance to the Public Park in Arles is in the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.

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