In Paris, Van Gogh's art changed dramatically under the influence of impressionism and postimpressionism, which dominated the avant-garde of the time. The dark palette of his Holland period gave way to bright colors, and he began experimenting with divided, flickering brushstrokes that make the surface of the canvas vibrate. Van Gogh also heightened the intensity of his colors by juxtaposing complementary hues. More attracted to rural subjects than to cityscapes, Van Gogh often painted the suburbs of Paris, as in The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Jatte and Banks of the Seine, or the vegetable gardens of Montmartre -- Vegetable Gardens and the Moulin de Blute-Fin on Montmartre -- the neighborhood where he lived with his brother Theo.
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