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Auvers-sur-Oise in Val-d'Oise Département, Île-de-France, France
 

Van Gogh at the Ravoux Inn

 
 
Van Gogh at the Ravoux Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 24, 2012
1. Van Gogh at the Ravoux Inn Marker
The marker is mounted on the front of the building, well above street level.
Inscription.
Le peintre
Vincent van Gogh
vécut
dans cette maison
et y mourut
le 29 juillet 1890
Translation:
The painter
Vincent van Gogh
lived
in this house
and died in it
the 29th of July, 1890


 
Location. 49° 4.239′ N, 2° 10.294′ E. Marker is in Auvers-sur-Oise, Île-de-France, in Val-d'Oise Département. Marker is on Rue du Général de Gaulle when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 52 Rue du Général de Gaulle, Auvers-sur-Oise, Île-de-France 95430, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 24 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Le Moulin de la Galette (approx. 23.7 kilometers away); Le Lapin Agile (approx. 23.7 kilometers away); Le cimetiere Montmartre (approx. 23.7 kilometers away); Clos Montmartre (approx. 23.7 kilometers away); The Students of France (approx. 23.8 kilometers away); La maison de Rose de Rosimond (approx. 23.8 kilometers away); Le Moulin-Rouge (approx. 23.9 kilometers away); Le Bateau-Lavoir (approx. 23.9 kilometers away).
 
Regarding Van Gogh at the Ravoux Inn. Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) was born in the Netherlands and displayed an early talent for drawing.
View of Ravoux Inn image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 24, 2012
2. View of Ravoux Inn
In front of the inn, note the table, wine bottle, and two chairs, arranged just as in an 1890 photograph (see Fig. 3). Click on this or any other illustration to make it larger.
He did not take up oil painting until the last decade of a short and mentally troubled life. The most productive period followed his move to France in 1886, where he lived successively in Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy, and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Although van Gogh’s work was not widely known during his lifetime, he ranks today among the world’s great artists. His Portrait of Dr. Gachet, done while at Auvers-sur-Oise, sold in 1990 for $82.5 million at the Christie’s auction house in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise. This interesting website includes all of the paintings van Gogh made during the last two months of his life. (Submitted on October 20, 2012, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Sign with 1890 Photograph image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 24, 2012
3. Sign with 1890 Photograph
At the right end of the building’s front is this sign, including a photograph taken in the last year of van Gogh’s life. The English text reads as follows: “On May 20th 1890, Vincent van Gogh arrives at Auvers-sur-Oise. He moves into the Ravoux Inn where his daily board costs 3.50 francs per day. On this picture taken the same year, Adeline, the innkeeper’s daughter (13 years old), is standing in front of the door. Van Gogh paints her portrait three times. In 1954, she recalls Van Gogh’s stay: At home we all respected him. We used to call him familiarly ‘Monsieur Vincent’ (. . .) He would return towards midday for lunch. (. . .) The menu was made up of all that was served in restaurants at the time: meat, vegetables, salad and dessert. He never returned a dish. He was most accommodating.”
View Looking West on Rue du Général de Gaulle image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 24, 2012
4. View Looking West on Rue du Général de Gaulle
Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, August 24, 2012
5. Gravestones
Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo, are buried in the cemetery at the top of the hill, just a half mile northeast of the Ravoux Inn.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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