First Steps (after Millet) (1890) by Vincent Van Gogh

First Steps (after Millet) - Vincent Van Gogh - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleFirst Steps (after Millet)
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions72.4 x 92.1 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US
Location Created Saint-rémy-de-provence, France

About First Steps (after Millet)

The artwork titled “First Steps (after Millet)” was created by the renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh in 1890. As a prime example of Post-Impressionism, this oil on canvas reflects the artist’s unique style through its vibrant, textured brushwork. The piece is a genre painting, measuring 72.4 x 92.1 cm. Van Gogh painted this work while in Saint-rémy-de-provence, France, and it is now housed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States.

Examining the canvas, one can observe a touching scene of familial affection and a significant moment in life: a child’s first steps. The setting is verdant and lively, with bold, expressive strokes that embody the Post-Impressionistic mastery of Van Gogh. The foreground showcases a kneeling man, extending his arms encouragingly toward a small child who, under the careful watch and support of a standing woman, takes tentative steps forward. The clothing of the figures is in striking blue and white, contrasting with the yellowish-green hues of the foliage surrounding the characters, creating a vivid tableau. With an array of textured brushstrokes and a dynamic composition, this artwork captures the intimate moment with poignant energy and emotional resonance.

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