Van Gogh loved this picture by Meindert Hobbema, The Avenue at Middleharnis, which he would have been able to see at London’s National Gallery, depicting a solitary figure on a long straight avenue flanked by trees. He would utilise a similar setting for his Avenue of Poplars in Autumn years later. And in 1957, Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh IV homaged the scene by depicting Van Gogh’s hunched figure walking alone in the countryside. The Avenue at Middelharnis | 1689 | Oil paint on canvas | 1035x1410mm | © The National Gallery, London

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