Gate at the Paris Ramparts, Entrance to the Moulin de la Galette, Vincent van Gogh
Pencil, pen & ink, watercolor & gouache on paper, roughly 9 x 12″ (24 x 32 cm) and 12 x 9″ (31 x 24 cm), respectively.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts on “Not the usual Van Goghs“, in a dedicated art career that barely spanned ten years, Vincent van Gogh was prolific, leaving over 900 paintings and more than 1,000 drawings. Yet art book publishers and museum curators often feel obliged to show you the same few “greatest hits” over and over.
Not only are his wonderful drawings often passed over, Van Gogh also sketched in pen and watercolor. The two examples above are in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
They have a freshness, immediacy and feeling of location that would be the envy of many contemporary “urban sketchers”.
I think they also show the influence of the Impressionists he encountered in Paris, as well as the Japanese prints that were popular among French artists of the time, and which Van Gogh collected and sometimes emulated.
Entrance to the Moulin de la Galette, Van Gogh Museum
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Still more “not the usual Van Goghs”
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Van Gogh’s drawings
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3 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Van Gogh pen & watercolor sketches”
He was an urban sketcher! Love this, thanks for sharing.
I missed this terrific exhibit in Amsterdam but they have a very nice catalog available
Good to know. Thanks.
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