Early paintings (Etten, The Hague, Drenthe, 1881-83)
by Vincent van GOGH

During his sojourn in The Hague van Gogh had tried to represent a modern city as it changed and expanded. His attention was focused on the uneven edges where town and country met, often awkwardly: straggling housing developments, iron-rolling mills in meadows beside windmills, new streets, as yet unbuilt, marked out by lamp-posts.

He had been experimenting with oil during his stay in The Hague, whose modern urban life he had tried to depict, but not to his satisfaction. In September 1883 he moved out of the city to the northern province of Drenthe, where he painted this study of moss-covered thatched farm buildings.

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Still-Life with Yellow Straw Hat
November-December 1881, Etten
Oil on canvas, 37 x 54 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

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Man Digging
August 1882, The Hague
Oil on paper on panel, 30 x 29 cm
Private collection

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109 Kb

Edge of a Wood
August 1882, The Hague
Oil on canvas, 35 x 49 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

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123 Kb

Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather
August 1882, The Hague
Oil on canvas on cardboard, 35 x 51 cm
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

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177 Kb

Bulb Fields
April 1883, The Hague
Oil on canvas on panel, 48 x 65 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

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138 Kb

Farmhouses in Loosduinen near The Hague at Twilight
August 1883, The Hague
Oil on canvas on panel, 33 x 50 cm
Centraal Museum, Utrecht

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Farmhouses among Trees
September 1883, The Hague
Oil on canvas on panel, 29 x 40 cm
Private collection

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157 Kb

September 1883, Drenthe
Oil on canvas on pasteboard, 36 x 56 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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144 Kb

Two Peasant Women in the Peat Field
October 1883, Drenthe
Oil on canvas, 28 x 37 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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114 Kb

Summary of works by Vincent van Gogh
Early paintings (1881-85)
Etten, The Hague | Nuenen | The Potato Eaters | Antwerp
Paris (1886-87)
Flower and other still-lifes | Various
Arles (1888-89)
Orchards in Blossom | Portraits
January-August 1888 | September 1888-April 1889
Asylum in Saint-Rémy (1889-90)
Environs | Cypresses and olive groves
Copies after other artists | Miscellaneous
Auvers-sur-Oise (1890)
Last paintings (May-July 1890)
Self-portraits (1886-89)
Self-portraits in chronological order
Lithographs | Watercolours | Drawings | 1 | 2 | 3