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Van Gogh described The Church at Auvers in a letter to his sister as "A large painting of the village church, executed so that the building appears purplish against a sky which is the deep and simple blue of pure cobalt; the windows seem stained with ultramarine; the roof is part violet, part orange. In front, there are flowers growing in the grass and some sunny, pink sand."

Van Gogh painted The Church at Auvers during the two months that he spent at Auvers. During this short time, Van Gogh produced about eighty paintings. It was a period of health for Vincent. He had stopped drinking and had energy. He returned to painting out-of-doors.

The Church at Auvers
was painted during the last two months of Van Gogh's life. During this time, he attempted to balance his inner turmoil with the integration of a finished piece of art. This painting illustrates Van Gogh's preoccupation with exaggerating color for a deliberate effect.

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Van Gogh deliberately ignored the classical rules of linear perspective. For Van Gogh, lines were not a means to imitate physical space but were instead a way to allow him to impose his inner vision on the outside world.

This deliberate distorting of the natural world in order to express an inner emotion is one of the hallmarks of Expressionism which would emerge in 1911, long after Vincent's death. Van Gogh's art is considered to be a vanguard of Expressionism.

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