Avenue of Poplars at Sunset

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Avenue of Poplars at Sunset by Vincent van Gogh
Avenue of Poplars at Sunset
Oil on canvas
46 × 33 cm (18 × 13 in)
Kröller-Müller Museum
The Netherlands
Painted October 1884, Nuenen
F 123, JH 518

While making the most of the autumn weather and painting quite a few peasant workers, landscapes, mills, and such, Vincent at this time was planning to spend the winter painting studies of people's heads, at different times writing of plans to do between 30 and 50 paintings. He also was already discussing with Theo the benefits and disadvantages of moving to Antwerp, which he would eventually do. His friend, the artist Anthon van Rappard, advised him to wait a few months before making the change to a more expensive city.

"Because if I went to Antwerp I’d obviously want to do a lot of painting and would need models for it, which I fear would cost too much at this time. But in general Rappard advises me not to do it right away, but instead to paint here for another few months, and to try to get a small apartment to make nude studies."
Letter to Theo van Gogh, circa 25 October 1884

Autumn Lane at Sunset

L. C. Enthoven, Voorburg, Netherlands;
Sale Enthoven, Amsterdam (F. Muller) 18 May 1920;
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands (1970).