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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The celebrated post-impressionist painter and artist created interesting and great works such as Still Life with Cabbage and Clogs, Dunes, Women Mending Nets in the Dunes, Edge of the Wood, and Fisherman on the Beach.

His most famous work is the ‘Girl in White in the Woods, ’ an oil canvas created and completed in 1882. In this painting, he reflects on his early life and youth in the city of Zundert when he was fond of the woods. This man wanted to be alone, and his favourite places happened to be in the woods. Let’s dig deeper into this specific work by Vincent.

When making the painting, his primary wish was for the painting's landscape to provoke the viewers' senses. He wanted them to smell the impeccable fragrance of the wood from the drawn trees. The Girl in White in the Woods carries a theme from some of his work; a landscape and shows a little girl at the center of woods. She is wearing a red hat with a white lining and a long white dress with a belt on her waist in the painting.

Additionally, she also has a pair of black ankle boots and white socks to complement the look. She is leaning by her hand on a huge middle tree in a forest. With the girl facing the viewers, it can be interpreted that she was posing for a photograph.

The painting attracted a lot of attention following its reddish-brown and warm black colour. The painting carries minimal specks of green on the ground, blue and yellow to make the landscape even more enjoyable. From afar, the painting looks as real and alive as can be. In the far background, the blue colour completes the piece of art and delivers that cold and sombre feeling.

According to analysts, the little girl's painting alone in the woods, implying the loneliness of life. Viewers can see nature from the seemingly large and dry oak trees behind her. She faces the audience as if she’s seen something or is posing for a photograph. Contrary to his other art pieces, Vincent focused on children in this one and made it deep to look and think about.

Concluding on The Girl in the Woods, the painting enthusiast can be seen to have mastered his use of colour and drawing techniques to put a point across. He unapologetically draws and communicates his thoughts, notwithstanding what the audience will say. His knowledge of great colour combinations is interestingly unique.