Street at Auvers, 1865
oil on wood
42.3 x 24.6 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 775)
The broken brushwork of "Street at Auvers" and its rapid execution on wood panel are characteristic of the "études" that Corot learned to paint as a student of Michallon and Bertin in the 1820s. A striking feature of this little painting is the choice of viewing angle, which lends a note of spontaneity to the scene. The painting's original wooden support was inscribed with the date "18 February 1865," when Corot was in Auvers visiting his friend Charles-François Daubigny, the Realist landscape painter. The town is situated on the River Oise, thirty kilometres north of Paris, and is perhaps best known as the village where Vincent van Gogh spent his final days in the summer of 1890.