Auvers Sur Oise is an hour away from Paris, the capital of France; it is the village that housed Vincent Van Gogh during his last 70 days. It is an eternal French village that will be forever known due to the 70 paintings of Vincent in and around the village. It is termed eternal as it lies between Parc Naturel régional du Vexin français since 1995.
The picture you take today will look the same in the future. The boundary of the village cannot be altered and cannot grow beyond it limits. If you want a village well designed by an artist, you need to visit Auvers Sur oise; there are a couple of things you can do as a tourist.
The painter’s house known as Maisons de peintres should be your first stop in the village. You should then take a walk from the tourist office to the tomb of Van Gogh and Theo his Brother. Another interesting thing to do is to see a 12-minute film done with postcards at Auberge Ravoux; it shows Van Gogh’s paintings of the village and how it is changed over the years. The commentary in the film is the excerpts of letters from Theo and Wilhelmine van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in French, Japanese and English.
Before leaving Auberge Ravoux, you will climb upstairs to see two rooms upstairs. One of the two room has been preserved for a century and classified as a historical monument in 1985. It is Van Gogh’s room number 5 and contains only a chair. No painting was ever done in this room by Van Gogh when he lived there from May 20, 1890, till his demise on July 29, 1890, at the Auberge Ravoux.
A visit to the Maison-Atelier de Daubigny will also unravel some of the artistic prowess of the 18th century. It is the home of Daubigny who is known as the first artist to live in Auvers. The panels in the house contain painted fairy tales in his daughter’s room; in another, his wife sewing in the original framed painting; Daubigny’s son Karl, H. Daumier, C. Corot, and Oudinot scenery paintings are the covering of the walls.
Daubigny loves painting scenes from boats. On display also are the two models of the boat which he called “Botin” and “Bottin.” The sails on Bottin was made from a parachute fabric material that landed Sainte-Mere-Eglise which was the first French village to be liberated on June 6, 1944.
Getting to Auvers Sur Oise is easy. It can be made either by Air or train. You can take chartered flights to the village or go by train through Paris. The train leaves Paris precisely 9:56 a.m. make a return from Auvers to Paris at 6:18 p.m. It is a special direct train scheduled during weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and holidays, and it’s for a little above a half hour. There is also a direct train which operates from the first Sunday and last Sunday from April until October.