Still Life of Shoes (1886) by Vincent Van Gogh

Still Life of Shoes - Vincent Van Gogh - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life of Shoes
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions45 x 37.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location Created Paris, France

About Still Life of Shoes

The artwork titled “Still Life of Shoes” was painted by the distinguished post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh in the year 1886. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 45 x 37.5 cm and belongs to the still life genre. The painting was created in Paris, France, and is currently housed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The artwork vividly depicts a pair of worn shoes placed against a neutral, textured background. The brushwork is characteristically expressive, common in Van Gogh’s style, allowing the viewer to perceive the rugged texture and form of the footwear. Dark and earthly tones dominate the piece, rendering the shoes with a sense of weight and solidity. The painting conveys an intimate, almost personal, essence of the subject, reflective of the artist’s profound ability to infuse vitality into commonplace objects. Van Gogh’s application of paint varies in thickness and intensity, thus contributing to the overall impression of depth and dimension in the work. This attention to detail and innovative technique exemplifies Van Gogh’s contribution to the post-impressionist movement, where the depiction of light and shadow plays a striking role in evoking emotional resonance from the viewer.

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