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Landscape with a Carriage and a Train

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Landscape with a Carriage and a Train
ArtistVincent van Gogh
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions72.0 cm × 90.0 cm (28.3 in × 35.4 in)
LocationPushkin Museum, Moscow (F760, JH2019)

Landscape with a Carriage and a Train is an oil painting by Vincent van Gogh that he painted in June 1890 when he lived in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.[1][2][3]


Van Gogh spent the last few months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town just north of Paris, after he left an asylum at Saint-Rémy in May 1890.[4] He made the painting in the week following his portraits of Dr. Gachet.[5] The viewpoint from above was a favourite perspective of his since his days sketching in the dunes of Scheveningen at The Hague with the aid of a perspective frame.[6]

Van Gogh described the painting in a letter to his sister Wil:[7]

Lately I’ve been working a lot and quickly; by doing so I’m trying to express the desperately swift passage of things in modern life.

Yesterday in the rain I painted a large landscape viewed from a height in which there are fields as far as the eye can see, different types of greenery, a dark green field of potatoes, between the regular plants the lush, violet earth, a field of peas in flower whitening to the side, a field of pink-flowered lucerne with a small figure of a reaper, a field of long, ripe grass, fawn in hue, then wheatfields, poplars, a last line of blue hills on the horizon, at the bottom of which a train is passing, leaving behind it an immense trail of white smoke in the greenery. A white road crosses the canvas. On the road a little carriage and white houses with stark red roofs beside this road. Fine rain streaks the whole with blue or grey lines

The painting is in the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.[8]

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  1. ^ van der Veen, Wouter; Knapp, Peter (2010). Van Gogh in Auvers: His Last Days. The Monacelli Press. pp. 134–5. ISBN 978-1-58093-301-8.
  2. ^ de la Faille, Jacob Baart (1970). The works of Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff. p. 293. OCLC 300160639.
  3. ^ Hulsker, Jan (1986). The Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches. Random House. p. 462. ISBN 0-517-44867-X.
  4. ^ Naifeh, Steven; White Smith, Gregory (2011). Van Gogh: The Life. Random House. p. 822 ff. ISBN 978-0-375-50748-9.
  5. ^ Hulsker (1980) p. 462
  6. ^ Naifeh and Smith (2011) pp. 290-3
  7. ^ "Letter 886: To Willemien van Gogh. Auvers, Friday, 13 June 1890". Vincent van Gogh: The Letters. Van Gogh Museum. Paragraph 1 ff. Lately I've been working a lot and quickly ...
  8. ^ Brooks, D. "Landscape with Carriage and Train in the Background". The Vincent van Gogh Gallery, endorsed by Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. David Brooks (self-published).


  • de la Faille, Jacob-Baart. The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1970. ISBN 978-1-55660-811-7
  • Hulsker, Jan. The Complete Van Gogh. Oxford: Phaidon, 1980. ISBN 0-7148-2028-8
  • Naifeh, Steven; Smith, Gregory White. Van Gogh: The Life. Profile Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84668-010-6
  • van der Veen, Wouter; Knapp, Peter. Van Gogh in Auvers: His Last Days. Monacelli Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-58093-301-8

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