Avenue of Poplars (1884) by Vincent Van Gogh

Avenue of Poplars - Vincent Van Gogh - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleAvenue of Poplars
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
Mediumpencil,Ink on Paper
Dimensions54 x 39 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location Created Nunen / Nuenen, Netherlands

About Avenue of Poplars

The artwork “Avenue of Poplars” is a creation by Vincent Van Gogh from 1884, crafted using pencil and ink on paper. This piece, which vividly portrays a landscape, is an exemplar of the Realism art movement. Measuring 54 by 39 centimeters, it is presently housed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Van Gogh executed this drawing while he was in Nunen/Nuenen, Netherlands, capturing a local scene with a precise and evocative hand.

“Avenue of Poplars” by Van Gogh shows a perspective view down a tree-lined avenue at a time when the branches are bare, presumably in the cooler months. The stark vertical lines of the trees dominate the composition, and a notable attention to detail can be seen in the intricate markings that define the tree bark and the ground. The realistic depiction of shadows and textures lends a three-dimensional quality to the work, highlighting van Gogh’s proficiency with drawing materials. A singular figure stands near the bottom of the avenue, adding a sense of scale and human presence to the scene. The artwork’s composition draws the viewer’s eye towards the vanishing point on the horizon, creating depth and inviting contemplation of the quiet, rural setting.

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