Vincent van Gough

Through the thick brush strokes and swatched fields of this later Vincent van Gough painting one can make out a row of dwellings built into the hillside. van Gough painted this scene from Chaponoval, an agricultural village outside of Auvers sur Oise, France. In the 1890s when this painting was created, Chaponoval had remained relatively untouched by the Industrial Revolution raving elsewhere in France and Europe at large. The cottages depicted here convey a snapshot of this way of life maintained in the building technique using sandstone and heavily thatched roofs.