|Intercommunality||Vallée de l’Oise et des Impressionnistes|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Jean-Pierre Béquet|
|Area1||12.69 km2 (4.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||95039 / 95430|
|Elevation||21–111 m (69–364 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Auvers-sur-Oise (French pronunciation: [o.vɛʁ.syʁ.waz]) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 27.2 km (16.9 mi) from the centre of Paris. It is associated with several famous artists, the most prominent being Vincent van Gogh.
During 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. Daubigny's house is now a museum where one can see paintings by the artist, his family and friends, such as Honoré Daumier, and rooms decorated in period style.
If you walk along the river from Auvers toward Pontoise, you can see a number of views which figured in the paintings of Pissarro.
During the 20th century, artists continued to frequent Auvers, including Henri Rousseau (Douanier Rousseau), Otto Freundlich and Pierre Daboval. The COBRA artist Corneille spent his last years in the village and is buried a few meters from Vincent van Gogh.
On 1 August 1948, 17% of the territory of Auvers-sur-Oise was detached and became the commune of Butry-sur-Oise.
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, was sold at auction for over $80m (£48m) in 1990.
Van Gogh died by a gunshot to the chest. The room on the upper floor of the Auberge Ravoux 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.
In Vincent van Gogh's birthplace Zundert (NL), the street next to the small Protestant church where his father preached, has been renamed "Auvers-sur-oise-straat" (straat(NL)=street(EN)=rue(FR)).
- Dowd, Vincent (24 October 2009). "In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
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