Charles-François Daubigny was a French landscape painter of the Barbizon school who created his paintings in open air, or en plein air, as did Claude Monet. He frequently painted river scenes and was known to frequently work at the mouth of the Seine in a village called Villerville-sur-Mer. Daubigny spent his final years in Auvers-sur-Oise and died there nearly twenty years before Van Gogh moved to Auvers. In letters to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh mentioned Daubigny and his paintings numerous times. He had a Daubigny print, The Dawn (Cock crossing), hanging on the wall of his little rented room in Montmartre. In a letter to Theo from January, 1874, …..
The Ravoux Inn is located in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris. This now famous inn was the last home to Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh was in Auvers for only seventy days, yet these were some of his most productive times. The inhabitants, such as Adeline Ravoux, as well as the beautiful location and surrounding countryside were an inspiration to the artist, and he created over eighty paintings and numerous drawings. Van Gogh rented a room from Arthur Gustave Ravoux on May 20, 1890 for 3.50 francs a day including half board. In 1889, Ravoux had turned the house into an inn which was popular with the artistic community. …..
In June of 1889, while at the asylum in Saint-Remy, Van Gogh created a drawing with blue and black chalk, on bluish gray Ingres paper titled Mask of an Egyptian Mummy. Shortly before his death, in July of 1890, Van Gogh executed three more drawings of the same subject one with blue caulk and the others with black. Each is titled Mask of an Egyptian Mummy. In May of 1890, Van Gogh left the hospital and moved to Auvers-sur-Oise. In June he painted a number of portraits as well as several other works. In many we see him returning to memories of the past. Perhaps his original mummy drawing was …..