GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)

The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix)

May 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

Catalogue numbers: F 633, JH 1974.

Van Gogh only dared tackle Biblical subjects if he did it obliquely, via models. Thus he painted his own versions of the Pietà and the Good Samaritan by Delacroix, and of The Raising of Lazarus and a monumental angel by Rembrandt. These are highly unusual subjects for van Gogh.