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Vincent van Gogh

The picture Thatched Roofs near Auvers is one of van Gogh’s very last paintings; in the last letter he sent to his brother Theo, three days before committing suicide, he sketched out the composition with its daringly exaggerated lines of force. Seen from a symbolic psychological perspective the boundless preponderance of falling diagonals is overwhelming. The children – the red-haired boy has been interpreted as a reference to van Gogh himself – appear to be trapped in a thoroughly hopeless situation.

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Strohdächer bei Auvers, 1890
Oil on canvas, 65 x 81,5 cm
Legat Dr. Hans Schuler, 1920
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
Strohdächer bei Auvers, 1890
Oil on canvas, 65 x 81,5 cm
Legat Dr. Hans Schuler, 1920