Walking with Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Auvers-sur-Oise is only 20 miles away from Paris and it is also the location where Vincent Van Gogh spent his final days.

After being discharged from an asylum in Saint-Rémy, Vincent moved to Auvers-sur-Oise in May, 1890. This allowed him to be closer to his brother Leo, to live on his own and still be under the care of Dr. Gachet.

He rented a room at the Auberge Ravoux and had continual visits with Dr. Gachet whom they became good friends. Vincent often walked in the countryside and was highly productive during this period of his life painting almost 80 paintings in 70 days. Dr. Gachet said he was in good spirits, and yet Vincent ended his life in Auvers on 27 July 1890.

Vincent and his brother Theo are buried at the cemetery just outside of Auvers-sur-Oise.
Auberge Ravoux where Vincent rented a room and where he died.

Some of his last paintings were his most famous: Wheatfield with Crows, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, The Church at Auvers, Mairie d’Auvers-sur-Oise and Norte Dame de Auvers.

As you stroll through Auvers-sur-Oise, they have displayed Vincent’s painting in the location where it was completed. It’s really neat to see the painting from 1890 and what it looks like today.

Jeff is walking along the field that was titled “Wheatfield with Crows”.
Auvers Stairway
The trees have grown but this is the view of Auvers Stairway.
The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise
The church as it looks today. (Sorry, I didn’t get the exact angle)
Auvers Town Hall
The former Town Hall now has a sign that says it is a hotel.
We had lunch on a bench beside the Town Hall. Local cheese, bread, salami and apple juice.
Have you ever seen a wheel this big of Roquefort cheese?
So many to choose from so we let the shopkeeper decide for us. Her selections were perfect.


  1. VERY cool. We’ve visit the Van Gough museum in Amsterdam and saw the display at Newfields last spring, but how cool to walk and observe this area! So sad to think of how short his life was and how it ended.


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