Vincent van Gogh painted the church in Auvers during the last year of his life. The artist was struggling with mental illness and emotional problems. Rather than the church looking like a place of refuge and solace, Vincent has showed it as a place of impending doom and gloom.
Van Gogh wrote about the Church at Auvres in a letter to his sister, saying "I have a larger picture of the village church.. an effect in which the building appears to be violet hued against a sky of simple deep blue color, pure cobalt; the stained-glass windows appear as ultramarine blotches, the roof is violet and partly orange. In the foreground some green plants in bloom, and sand with the pink flow of sunshine in it. And once again it is nearly the same thing as the studies I did in Nuenen of the old tower and the cemetery, only it is probably that now the color is more expressive, more sumptuous."