GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)
Water Mill at GennepNovember 1884, Nuenen
Oil on canvas on panel, 85 x 151 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Catalogue numbers: F 125, JH 525.
Van Gogh lived in Nuenen between December 1883 and November 1885. From here he made long excursions to the countryside, where the characteristic buildings of the Brabant landscape did not escape his observation. Many water mills stood around Nuenen at the time, among which the ones at Gennep, Coll and Opwetten served as the model for several plein air paintings. The water mill at Gennep is a simple two-storey structure which is depicted in the present painting from the opposite shore of the river Dommel.
In addition to this large-size painting, two other compositions have survived of the water mill at Gennep.