French commune

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Auvers-sur-Oise is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 27.2 km. (16.9 miles) from the center of Paris. It is associated with several famous artists, the most prominent being Vincent van Gogh.


Throughout the 19th century a number of painters lived and worked in Auvers-sur-Oise, including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissarro, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and of course, Vincent van Gogh. The house of Daubigny is a museum, where one can see paintings by the artist and his family and friends, such as Honoré Daumier, and rooms decorated at the period.If you walk along the river from Auvers toward Pontoise, you can see a number of views which figured in the paintings of Pisarro.

During the 20th century other artists continued to frequent Auvers, for example Henri Rousseau ("Douanier Rousseau") and Otto Freundlich.

On August 1, 1948, 17% of the territory of Auvers-sur-Oise was detached and became the commune of Butry-sur-Oise.

Van Gogh

Dr. Paul Gachet lived in Auvers-sur-Oise. He was acquainted with the avant-garde artists of the time. Through this connection, Vincent van Gogh moved to Auvers to be treated by him, though he considered the doctor to be in a worse state than himself. Gachet befriended Van Gogh and was the subject of two portraits, one of which, "Portrait of Dr. Gachet", became one of the highest-priced paintings ever sold at auction.

Van Gogh committed suicide by shooting himself in the stomach. The room on the upper floor of the Ravoux Inn where he died has been preserved, although no furniture remains. Auvers-sur-Oise is the final resting place of both Vincent and his brother Theo van Gogh, who died six months later.


Auvers-sur-Oise is served by two stations on the Transilien Paris – Nord suburban rail line: Chaponval and Auvers-sur-Oise.

ee also

*Communes of the Val-d'Oise department

External links

* [ Official website] fr icon
* [ The Complete Works of Vincent van Gogh]
* [ Interactive visit of Auvers]

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