Auvers-sur-Oise

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Auvers-sur-Oise
Auvers-sur-Oise (95), château de Leyrit, rue de Léry.jpg
Coat of arms of Auvers-sur-Oise
Coat of arms
Auvers-sur-Oise is located in France
Auvers-sur-Oise
Auvers-sur-Oise
Coordinates: 49°04′21″N 2°10′30″E / 49.0725°N 2.1750°E / 49.0725; 2.1750Coordinates: 49°04′21″N 2°10′30″E / 49.0725°N 2.1750°E / 49.0725; 2.1750
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Val-d'Oise
Arrondissement Pontoise
Canton La Vallée-du-Sausseron
Intercommunality Vallée de l’Oise et des Impressionnistes
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Pierre Béquet
Area
 • Land1 12.69 km2 (4.90 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 6,879
 • Population2 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.

History[edit]

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, for example Henri Rousseau (Douanier Rousseau) and Otto Freundlich.

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

Population[edit]

Historical population of Auvers-sur-Oise
Year 1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851 1856
Population 1754 1635 1708 1705 1806 1522 1530 1547 1553 1574
Year 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896 1901 1906
Population 1648 1635 1720 1638 1713 1936 2063 2255 2402 2544
Year 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975
Population 2681 2961 3132 3240 3163 3345 3172 3772 5124 5808
Year 1982 1990 1999 2008
Population 5722 6129 6820 6879

Van Gogh[edit]

Main article: Vincent 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, was sold at auction for over $80m (£48m) in 1990.[1]

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.[1]

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)).

Transport[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dowd, Vincent (24 October 2009). "In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

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