The Good Samaritan

Vincent van Gogh, The Good Samaritan (after Eugène Delacroix), 1890. Oil on canvas, the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands.

Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh created a series of works based on paintings by other artists. This painting interpreting the parable of the Good Samaritan was one of those paintings. It is a mirror image of a painting of the same name by French artist Eugene Delacroix. Van Gogh did not duplicate the work of the other artists but instead interpreted the painting in his own style of color and distinctive brushwork. Delacroix’s Good Samaritan was painted in a darker tone, while Van Gogh created a softer palette with vibrant colors that defy the darker side of the story, giving the viewer a sense of the joy of the relationship between the two men created by the unexpected compassion of one.

The Good Samaritan

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