The Starry Night by Vincent Van GoghSaint-Rémy-de-Provence, France One of the most iconic artworks of all time, The Starry Night was painted by legendary painter Vincent Van Gogh while he was in asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889. The exact meaning behind the painting has been a subject to debate, since it is almost impossible to sink into the depths of Van Gogh’s mind. The painting is said to be a view from the artist’s bedroom window, capturing the night sky illuminated with a crescent moon, blazing stars, and swirling clouds hovering over the small town of Saint-Remy, against the backdrop of the rolling hills jutting out from the horizon.
Mont Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cézanne
Provence, France Ranked as the greatest landscapes ever painted, the Mont Sainte-Victoire are a series of landscape oil paintings by French artist Paul Cézanne. All the paintings revolve around the Mont Sainte-Victoire Mountain in Aix-en-Provence, south-eastern France, where Cézanne was born and brought up. These paintings portray numerous versions of the towering peak of Mont Sainte-Victoire, with the lush countryside of Provence sweeping below. In hues of greens, blues and cream, Cézanne showcases his fascination for the mountain, along with the grandeur of Aix’s landscape. Bal du Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Paris, France One of the most celebrated masterpieces of early Impressionism, Bal du Moulin de la Galette was painted by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The painting offers us a glimpse into a typical Sunday afternoon scene at the Moulin de la Galette, from Paris during the 1800s. Depicting a real life scene of the city from the 19th century, the painting illustrates working class Parisians who would dress up on a Sunday afternoon, and have a merry time drinking, dancing and eating galettes.
Poppies in a Field by Claude Monet
Argenteuil, France The vivid countryside of Argenteuil in France is best portrayed through the painting Poppies in a Field by legendary painter Oscar-Claude Monet, who is considered as one of the founders of French Impressionist paintings. Depicting the rolling wildflower fields outside Argenteuil, what catches the eye are the dabs of red poppies in bloom, in contrast with the lush green field. The painting encapsulates a pastoral scene replete with the beauty and simplicity of nature. Also seen in the foreground are sketches of a mother and child – apparently Monet’s wife Camille, and their son Jean.
Wheatfield with Crows by Vincent Van Gogh
Saint-Rémy, France Wheatfield with Crows by Vincent Van Gogh is one of the masterpieces from the Wheat Fields series, a set of dramatic and vibrant paintings depicting landscapes and fields from Saint-Remy, Arles, and Auvers-sur-Oise, in rural France. This particular masterwork depicts a dark cloudy sky buzzing with crows, and a yellow, wind-swept wheat field unfolding beneath. The most intriguing part about the painting is an empty path in the middle, leading to nowhere, making viewers ponder all the more on Van Gogh’s state of mind at that time.