GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)
The Old Church Tower at NuenenMay 1884, Nuenen
Oil on canvas on panel, 48 x 55 cm
Catalogue numbers: F 88, JH 490.
The the tower of the old ruined village church standing alone in the middle of the field appeared in the earliest works which van Gogh painted in Nuenen. He was greatly attracted to this sturdy ruin, which he could see from the house and which he painted and drew on many occasions. The 12th-century church collapsed in 1792 and its ruins were later pulled down. Only the bell tower remained but was no longer used.