Between 1886 and 1888, Vincent van Gogh lived with his brother Theo in Montmartre, the artists’ quarter of Paris. This period was decisive in Van Gogh’s evolution as an artist the erstwhile realist painter of peasant scenes would become, under the influence of the Impressionists, a modern artist. This book describes Van Gogh’s relationship with Montmartre its famous windmills, its gardens, the views across the city, the people strolling in its narrow streets, etc. He drew and painted Montmartre with enthusiasm and a keen eye for detail. He also formed close friendships with other artists and would, for the first time, make a serious effort to sell and exhibit his work. By the time he left for Arles in 1888, he had won himself a minor place in the French avant-garde.

This richly illustrated volume offers the reader a vision of Van Gogh’s travels, friendships and daily life in Montmartre, as well as the influences and changes in his work that resulted from his encounter with the legendary quarter of the French capital.

The book’s table of contents includes: First Steps in Montmartre A “Man of the North” in Paris First Contact with the Avant-Garde Daily Life With Theo Bohemian Montmartre The Windmills on the Hill Fresh Momentum A More Modern Way to Depict the City Nightlife in Montmartre Exhibiting and Selling A Ideal Collaboration.

Nienke Bakker is a curator at the Van Gogh Museum.