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A Tradition of Landscape Painters

Since the mid-19th century Auvers had attracted leading French landscape painters such as Daubigny, Pissarro and Cézanne. Daubigny, the greatest exponent of the Barbizon School, built a studio-boat to travel along the Oise and paint its banks. Around 1860 he also acquired a house in Auvers where he often received his artist friends from Paris. When Van Gogh arrived in Auvers, Daubigny had been dead for some time but Vincent paid homage to him by painting a study and two paintings of his house and garden.

Pissarro first lived in Pontoise, very near Auvers, in 1866, although he only moved there on a more or less permanent basis in 1872. It was Pissarro who convinced Paul Cézanne to move to this region. Cézanne worked in Auvers between 1872 and 1874, evolving from his early, dark and heavily impastoed style towards full Impressionism. In Dr Gachet's house Van Gogh was able to see various works by Pissarro and Cézanne painted in Auvers, such as Cézanne's Auvers, Panoramic View. The first section of the exhibition is devoted to these forerunners.
Auvers, Panoramic View

Paul Cézanne
Auvers, Panoramic View, 1873-1875
Oil on canvas. 65,2 x 81,3 cm.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn
Memorial Collection, 1933.422
Landscape at Auvers-sur-Oise
Camille Pissarro
Landscape at Auvers-sur-Oise, 1878
Oil on canvas. 54 x 65,1 cm.
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio
Gift of Howard D. and Babette L. Sirak,
the Donors to the Campaign
for Enduring Excellence, and the Derby Fund