UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
To view a Van Gogh oil painting,
up close and in person,
is to appreciate his genius.
How his minimal swirling brush strokes
can capture the essence and atmosphere
of the countryside, a scene . . .
like his "Stairway At Auvers"
(1890, oil on canvas),
permanent collection St. Louis Art Museum.
How efficient his use of colors,
his brush movement,
to capture this composition.
An elderly man descending a stairway,
while two pair of women
walk along a French village road.
In one his final letters,
he described Auvers as
"the real countryside,
of grave beauty."
His brush must have moved quickly.