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Rain - Auvers

GOGH, Vincent van (1853 - 1890)

[image: Rain - Auvers]

Date: 1890

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 50.3 x 100.2 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2463

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

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In May 1890 Van Gogh moved from Arles in Provence to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris. There he lodged at the Café Ravoux and received treatment from Dr Paul-Ferdinand Gachet. Between 17 June and 27 July, Van Gogh painted thirteen double-square canvases of the gardens and fields around Auvers. In his last letter he expressed himself 'quite absorbed in the immense plain with wheat fields against the hills, boundless as a sea, delicate yellow, delicate soft green, the delicate violet of a dug-up and weeded piece of soil'. His treatment of the rain as diagonal strokes derives from the woodcut Bridge in the Rain by the Japanese artist Hiroshige, which the artist had copied in 1887. The atmosphere recalls one of Van Gogh's favourite poems, Longfellow's The Rainy Day 'My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary...Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.'

Van Gogh shot himself and died on 29 July 1890, shortly after painting this work. It was purchased by Gwendoline Davies at Paris in 1920.

This work is currently on display:

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Gallery 3

National Museum Cardiff, Level 4

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17 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 2 December 2013, 13:55

Dear Bob,
Thank you for your enquiry,
The dimensions of the work are 50.3 x 100.3 cms and the frame dimensions are 65 x 115.5 x 7.5 cms.
We have an image of the work in its frame, if you want a copy emailed to you, please contact rhagor@museumwales.ac.uk.

Regards,
Graham Davies, Online Curator, Amgueddfa Cymru

Bob on 23 November 2013, 12:59

Many moons ago i bought a print of this painting from you. Having dug it out i would like to frame it. but cannot remember what the frame its sits in looks like.(real shame its not in an original Van Gogh hand painted frame, although i understand there's only one of those left)
The print i have also has writing underneath it which i would crop. So if you could give me the actual dimensions and a description of the frame. It would be much appreciated as this is my favorite painting having looked at the original too many times, for far too long when i was still living in Wales.

Bethan Hancock on 6 November 2011, 18:44

I find this piece so fascinating!

Amgueddf Cymru on 12 October 2010, 09:52

Dear James, Thank you for your comment, the artist who produced the modern interpretation of Rain-Auvers is Carol Robertson

James on 11 October 2010, 10:40

Good morning,

Several years ago you had on display next to Rain-Auvers a modern artist's intrepretation of the painting. I want to repeat the modern artist's method of transferring great works to the computer using blocks of colour. I was wondering who the artist was as I can not seem to find it on the internet. Thanks very much

James

Deborah Cole on 20 July 2010, 10:03

Dear Ms. Pritchard - Thank you so much for those references. I'm aware of the Letters website. I look forward to accessing the pieces you posted. This is a great help. Only a few more weeks left of viewing your show. It's been a great gift. Thank you for that and for your time researching.

Amgueddfa Cymru on 15 July 2010, 09:59

Dear Deborah, in reply to your request about scholarly articles, some references are listed below:

Berthier, F., Van Gogh et La Japon, Paris, 1981, No.15, pages 8-9

Mothe, A., Vincent Van Gogh a Auvers-Sur-Oise, Paris, 1987, page 14 (illus)

Van Uitart et al/Rijksmuseum, Vincent Van Gogh Exhibition catalogue, 1990,
No.134

Hulsker, J., New Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, revised and enlarged edition of the catalogue raisonné of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, 1996, p. 476, cat. no. 2096

I would also highly recommend visiting the ‘Vincent van Gogh: The Letters’ website at http://vangoghletters.org/vg/

Ann Pritchard, Art Department, Amgueddfa Cymru.

BONNIE ARMSTRONG on 21 June 2010, 09:49

WE JUST RETURNED HOME TO TEXAS FROM A TOUR AROUND NEW MEXICO. WE WERE FORTUNATE TO VIEW THE Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection IN Albuquerque, N.M. WE HAVE VIEWED
WORLD TOURS OF IMPRESSIONIST IN FT. WORTH, TX AND MODERN ART TOUR IN HOUSTON, TX; ALL OF WHICH HAD GOOD REPRESENTATION OF VAN GOGH AND MANY
OTHER PERIOD ARTIST. MY TWO BOOKS ON VAN GOGH DID
NOT PICTURE Rain - Auvers, SO THIS WAS MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO THE PAINTING. LOVED IT. THANK YOU

Amgueddfa Cymru on 16 June 2010, 14:10

Dear Deborah
Thank you for your comment - This painting has probably been stacked with others by the artist at a time when the paint is till soft. This would account for the features noted in your enquiry. We are trying to get together some bibliographic references and will post these up once they are available.

Deborah Cole (Albuquerque, N.M.) on 15 June 2010, 10:20

I've been enjoying having your exhibit here in Albuquerque. I am especially moved by the Van Gogh and was wondering if you know of any scholarly articles written about this painting. I'm especially curious about its condition: many areas where the thick paint strokes were flattened before dry, smeared area on left and some indication of paint marks made from other sources than Van Gogh's brush. I am currently involved in a writing project that includes investigations into various aspects of Van Gogh's life and works. I'd appreciate any information you could pass on or a contact person to whom I could write. Thanks for your time and for the opportunity to experience these works.

Amgueddfa Cymru on 7 January 2010, 11:45

Dear M W J,

We are delighted to hear that you were moved by your vist to our exhibition 'Turner to Cezanne' at the Everson. We have been thrilled at the response to the show so far.

You also ask whether any of works could have come from European collections dispersed in the 1940s. The Davies sisters were extraordinary benefactors to the museum and to the people of Wales. Nearly all their art collection, of which the exhibition is only a part, was assembled by the sisters between 1908 and 1925, so this can be ruled out.

After that most of their funds went in to other philanthropic projects. Margaret Davies did return to collecting in the 1950s after her sister's death. However the three French and two British paintings in the exhibition that belong to that period were all in Britain before the Second World War.

Marianne Williams Jacobs on 6 January 2010, 10:34

Thank you very much for the opportunity to view the Davies Collection exhibit at The Everson Museum of Art (Designed by I.M. Pei), here in Syracuse New York. My grandfather came to the states around 1915 with a few other members of his family. We still visit with relatives from Amlwch, after all these years, we had no idea the National Museum of Wales had such treasurers. After viewing Vincent Van Gogh's Rain at Auvers, and reading the description of it being one of, if not his last works prior to suicide, my eyes filled with tears,my face flushed and I was embarrassed to let other patrons see my emotions. I had never reacted that way over an artist's work in the past though studied art history years ago in a university. Your exhibit is truly a gift that the Davies were generous enough for providing the resources to share. We wondered how many, if any of the works had been acquired via the black market in the aftermath of chaos due to World War II, (with sad stories of other family's unfortunate criminal losses of their own collections).
Thank you very much, again for providing this wondering exhibit.
These masterpieces were exquisite and were exquisitely presented!

Rebecca on 23 October 2009, 09:08

I recently visited the Everson Art Museum in Syracuse New York. My Mother and Aunt were visiting from Atlanta Ga. We were in awe of the Davies sisters' collection. My Mother's eyes filled with tears as she viewed the Monet works. It was magical. Thanks you for sharing these works of art. It is unlikely we will ever have the opportunity to stand in the same room with canvas filled brush strokes actually filled by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne....

An incredible experience.

Amgueddfa Cymru on 31 July 2009, 09:15 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Hilary, many thanks for your comment. Amgueddfa Cymru welcomes more than 200,000 school children each year to our seven sites across Wales. In addition we lend more than 1,500 objects from our outreach Collection each term.
Thank you for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru.

Hilary Bergeretti (Grenoble) on 31 July 2009, 08:57

I saw two other canvasses of \"The cornfields\" in Amsterdam, and remembered in my youth (over 40 years ago) seeing your painting, so I checked using internet that my mind had not made a mistake. First of all, thank you for the act of giving culture free to the masses. I can assure you that my knowledge of art is extremely limited, but the act of spending some of my Saturday mornings, with my friends, in the museum,because it was raining, obviously left its traces. Do schools bring their students to see your collection? Mine certainly didn\'t.. Secondly, I am very glad that I now know that I must check first that this painting is not on loan BEFORE I travel to Cardiff to see it!!!

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