He arrived unexpectedly in Paris in March 1886 and left just as abruptly. But he lived those two years like a ball of kinetic energy, interacting with the nineteenth century most dynamic artistic and intellectual environment.
In Paris, his ideas about painting were challenged, and he learned new techniques and styles from many of the artists he met. In Paris he was introduced and became friends with Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin, two painters who profoundly challenged his use of the palette.
Settling into an apartment with his brother on rue Lepic van Gogh explored his surroundings, paintings areas in close proximity to where he lived, including Asnieres, a nearby town along the bank’s of the Seine.
There he drew inspiration from the bridges, often depicting several different views, as well as the restaurants de la Sirene.
During in Paris, van Goh used canvases of rather varied density, most commonly about 12 x 13 threads per square centimeter. Toward the end of his life, however, the majority of the canvases he employed has a weave that was slightly irregular and asymmetrical with 12 x 18 threads per square centimeter.
Van Gogh in Paris