GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)
The Vicarage at NuenenSeptember-October 1885, Nuenen
Oil on canvas, 33 x 43 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Catalogue numbers: F 182, JH 948.
The house of his parents which had been a home and a studio for the artist for a period of time, was one of the subjects van Gogh depicted in the autumn of 1885. The composition shows a front view of the vicarage, as observed from across the street. It includes the trees that lined the road and the coach-house to the right which belonged to the neighbouring family. Two women are conversing in front of the entrance, possibly referring to the artist's mother and sister.
The present painting is the only one known of the vicarage. Van Gogh was obviously more charmed by the garden at the back of the building which inspired him various times to execute a whole range of drawings and paintings.