Paintings in the asylum: copies after other artists (Saint-Rémy, May 1889-May 1890)
by Vincent van GOGH

In Saint-Rémy, van Gogh became interested in making copies in oil paint of prints by or after the works of those artists who represented for him the pantheon of modern art - Millet, Delacroix and Rembrandt, and Daumier, Doré and the illustrators. He explained these copies in many ways. At one level, in the absence of models, he used them to practice his figure drawing and painting. At another level, he stated that by painting them in colour he was attempting to bring these artists, and what they stood for, before the public once again. This also enabled him to update them by demonstrating what he identified as his contribution to the tradition of modern art - colour.

For the copies, van Gogh used prints from the collection he and his brother had made. In fact van Gogh's paintings were not copies, rather these works were paintings in their own right.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Reaper with Sickle (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 45 x 34 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

900*1242
True Color
225 Kb



Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 45 x 34 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

900*1201
True Color
221 Kb



Pietà (after Delacroix)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 74 x 62 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

900*1119
True Color
208 Kb



The Spinner (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 40 x 26 cm
Private collection

750*1217
True Color
141 Kb



The Reaper (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 44 x 25 cm
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester

750*1318
True Color
136 Kb



The Thresher (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 44 x 28 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

650*1054
True Color
138 Kb



The Sheaf-Binder (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 45 x 32 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

886*1200
True Color
196 Kb



The Sheep-Shearers (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 44 x 30 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

761*1100
True Color
176 Kb



Peasant Woman Cutting Straw (after Millet)
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 41 x 27 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

700*1054
True Color
128 Kb



Two Peasants Digging (after Millet)
October 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 72 x 92 cm
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1266*1000
True Color
237 Kb



The Sower (after Millet)
October-November 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 64 x 55 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

889*1050
True Color
179 Kb



The Sower (after Millet)
October 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm
Private collection

850*1050
True Color
153 Kb



The Shepherdess (after Millet)
November 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 53 x 41 cm
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv

917*1200
True Color
221 Kb



Morning: Peasant Couple Going to Work (after Millet)
January 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

1157*900
True Color
226 Kb



First Steps (after Millet)
January 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 72 x 91 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1145*900
True Color
208 Kb



Noon: Rest from Work (after Millet)
January 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 91 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

1141*900
True Color
255 Kb



Prisoners Exercising (after Doré)
February 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 80 x 64 cm
Pushkin Museum, Moscow

800*1043
True Color
165 Kb



The Drinkers (after Daumier)
February 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 59 x 73 cm
Art Institute, Chicago

1300*1090
True Color
197 Kb



The Woodcutter (after Millet)
February 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 44 x 25 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

700*1224
True Color
154 Kb



The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix)
May 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

900*1103
True Color
266 Kb



The Raising of Lazarus (after Rembrandt)
May 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 49 x 63 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1189*900
True Color
243 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
Graphics
Lithographs | Watercolours | Drawings | 1 | 2 | 3