GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)

First Steps (after Millet)

January 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 72 x 91 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Catalogue numbers: F 668, JH 1883.

The green abundance of nature was a quality that van Gogh associated generally with healthy country life. When he copied Millet's First Steps, he emphasized the lush spring garden around the young couple and their children taking its first steps.