Terrace and Observation Deck at the Moulin de Blute-Fin, Montmartre, early 1887
A work made of oil on canvas, mounted on pressboard.
Oil on canvas, mounted on pressboard
17 1/8 × 13 in. (43.6 × 33 cm)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection
This painting dates from the winter of 1887, roughly a year after Vincent van Gogh arrived in Paris to join his brother, the art dealer Theo van Gogh. It is one of a group of landscapes featuring the Butte Montmartre, a short climb from the apartment on the rue Lepic where Vincent and Theo lived. Montmartre was dotted with reminders of its quickly receding rural past—abandoned quarries, kitchen gardens, and three surviving windmills, including the Moulin de Blute-Fin. The nonfunctional mill had become a tourist attraction, affording spectacular panoramic views over Paris from the observation tower erected beside it.