Auvers-sur-Oise, which is the gateway to the ‘French Vexin’ Natural Park, is less than thirty kilometres (about twenty miles) from Paris. It has become a natural port of call for all lovers of Impressionist painting and owes its fame above all to Vincent van Gogh. In fewer than 70 days the artist painted close to 80 works.

Thanks to the artist’s paintbrush, the Notre-Dame Church, the wheat fields and thatched-roof farms of Auvers are famous all over the world.

Some of the paintings are among his most famous, such as Wheatfield with Crows, Portrait of Dr Gachet or The Church of Auvers. Vincent died in Auvers on 29 July 1890 and is buried in the village cemetery alongside his brother Theo.

These modest twin buildings are a destination for pilgrims today.