The Rocks (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh

The Rocks - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe Rocks
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions54.9 x 65.7 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Location Created Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
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About The Rocks

Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Rocks” was completed in 1888 and is set in the area of Montmajour in Southern France. Despite facing strong winds while painting on location, Van Gogh managed to capture the picturesque landscape of the region. This painting showcases his use of different brushstrokes to create textures and his exploration of color effects through his Post-Impressionist style.

Van Gogh’s work during this period had a more stylized, linear quality than his earlier paintings. He used swirling brushstrokes to convey movement and texture, which again he portrays in “The Rocks”. The painting stands as an excellent example of the changes implemented by artists from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism.

Van Gogh’s contributions have made him a famous and influential painter even today. His artistic vision has inspired many famous painters that went after him like Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso who adapted some aspects from his technique into their own works.

“The Rocks” continues to be displayed in museums worldwide due to its mesmerizing beauty, intricate details, and expert use of colors.

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