Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, February-April 1887
oil on canvas,
35.0 cm x 65.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh painted this scene of a street in the middle of the lively Montmartre district. The unpaved street has stone gutters, represented by blue stripes. The mill on wheels in the centre was probably a movable billboard. There were several real mills on the hill of Montmartre in Paris, and one is visible in the background (the Moulin à Poivre). In Van Gogh's day, these mills were no longer in operation but served as an entertainment venue and tourist attraction. The entrances were decorated with flags.