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Auvers-sur-Oise (French pronunciation: ​[o.vɛʁ.syʁ.waz]) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 27.2 km (16.9 mi) from the centre of Paris. It is associated with several famous artists, the most prominent being Vincent van Gogh.

Auvers-sur-Oise
Commune
The Château de Leyrit, built in the 17th and 18th centuries
The Château de Leyrit, built in the 17th and 18th centuries
Coat of arms of Auvers-sur-Oise
Coat of arms
Auvers-sur-Oise is located in France
Auvers-sur-Oise
Auvers-sur-Oise
Location within Île-de-France region
Auvers-sur-Oise is located in Île-de-France (region)
Auvers-sur-Oise
Auvers-sur-Oise
Coordinates: 49°04′21″N 2°10′30″E / 49.0725°N 2.1750°E / 49.0725; 2.1750Coordinates: 49°04′21″N 2°10′30″E / 49.0725°N 2.1750°E / 49.0725; 2.1750
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Val-d'Oise
Arrondissement Pontoise
Canton Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône
Intercommunality CC Sausseron Impressionnistes
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Isabelle Mézières
Area1 12.69 km2 (4.90 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 6,943
 • Density 550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 95039 /95430
Elevation 21–111 m (69–364 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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HistoryEdit

During the 19th century, a number of painters lived and worked in Auvers-sur-Oise, including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissarro, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Norbert Goeneutte, and Vincent van Gogh. Daubigny's house is now a museum where one can see paintings by the artist, his family, and friends, such as Honoré Daumier, as well as rooms decorated in period style.

Along the river walk from Auvers toward Pontoise are a number of views which figured in the paintings of Pissarro.

During the 20th century artists continued to frequent Auvers, including Henri Rousseau (Douanier Rousseau), Otto Freundlich and Pierre Daboval. The COBRA artist Corneille spent his last years in the village and is buried a few meters from Vincent van Gogh.[1]

On 1 August 1948, 17% of the territory of Auvers-sur-Oise was detached and became the commune of Butry-sur-Oise.

PopulationEdit

Historical population of Auvers-sur-Oise
Year1793180018061821183118361841184618511856
Population1754163517081705180615221530154715531574
Year1861186618721876188118861891189619011906
Population1648163517201638171319362063225524022544
Year1911192119261931193619461954196219681975
Population2681296131323240316333453172377251245808
Year19821990199920082014
Population57226129682068796943

Van GoghEdit

Dr. Paul Gachet lived in Auvers-sur-Oise. He was acquainted with the avant-garde artists of the time. Through this connection, Vincent van Gogh moved to Auvers to be treated by him, though he considered the doctor to be in a worse state than himself. Gachet befriended Van Gogh and was the subject of two portraits, one of which, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, was sold at auction for over $80m (£48m) in 1990.[2]

Van Gogh died by a gunshot to the chest. The room on the upper floor of the Auberge Ravoux where he died has been preserved, although no furniture remains. Auvers-sur-Oise is the final resting place of both Vincent and his brother Theo van Gogh, who died six months later.[2]

TransportEdit

Auvers-sur-Oise is served by two stations on the Transilien Paris – Nord suburban rail line: Chaponval and Auvers-sur-Oise.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IVincent van Gogh's Grave". Minor Sights. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b Dowd, Vincent (24 October 2009). "In the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

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