Drawings (Etten, The Hague, Nuenen, 1880-85)
by Vincent van GOGH

Drawings had been van Gogh's way of embarking on the artistic life: before taking lessons in painting from Anton Mauve in The Hague in 1881, he made only drawings. His drawings from later periods could serve several functions. One group consists of sketches for paintings. Another group contains large-format works that were created parallel to his paintings. In some cases van Gogh dealt with the same subject when he did it in paintings and drawings at the same time. Finally, there are drawings that originated as copies of paintings.

For all their sketchy quality, van Gogh's drawings are works of art in their own right, even when they exist as preparatory treatments for a painting.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Miners in the Snow
September 1880, Etten
Pencil, chalk and watercolour on paper, 445 x 560 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1140*900
True Color
199 Kb



A Cottage on the Heath and "The Protestant Barn"
Spring 1881, Etten
Pencil, black chalk, pen and brush in brown and black ink, wash, 472 x 616 mm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1331*1000
True Color
192 Kb



The Daughter of Jacob Meyer
July 1881, Etten
Pencil, pen and black ink, 559 x 432 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

685*1000
True Color
114 Kb



The Oranjeboom Windmill, Dordrecht
August-September 1881, Etten
Charcoal, pencil on woven paper, 348 x 599 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1403*800
True Color
207 Kb



Young Peasant with a Sickle
October 1881, Etten
Black chalk and watercolour on paper, 470 x 610 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1279*1000
True Color
201 Kb



Small House on a Road with Pollar Willows
October 1881, Etten
Charcoal, black chalk on laid paper, 438 x 592 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1378*1000
True Color
239 Kb



The Paddemoes in The Hague
March 1882, The Hague
Pen and ink and pencil on paper, 250 x 310 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

993*800
True Color
185 Kb



Sorrow
April 1882, The Hague
Pencil and pen and ink on paper, 445 x 270 mm
Museum and Art Gallery, Walsall

771*1300
True Color
168 Kb



Nursery Garden on Schenkweg
April-May 1882, The Hague
Black chalk, pencil, pen, brush and ink, white body colour, 296 x 585 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1609*800
True Color
245 Kb



Man with Top Hat
December 1882, The Hague
Lead pencil, 445 x 254 mm
Private collection

559*1000
Grayscale
104 Kb



Old Man with Top Hat
December-January 1882/83, The Hague
Black pencil, ink and wash, 601 x 368 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

603*1000
True Color
76 Kb



Portrait of a Woman, Half-Length
December-January 1882-83, The Hague
Lead pencil and ink washing, 394 x 254 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

600*936
True Color
102 Kb



Bust of a Woman with Hat: Facing Right
January 1883, The Hague
Pencil, chalk and black ink, washes, on squared paper, 466 x 257 mm
Kunstmuseum, Bern

750*1327
True Color
214 Kb



Man Praying
April 1883, The Hague
Lead and black pencil with Indian ink touches, 572 x 470 mm
Private collection

821*1000
True Color
124 Kb



Old Nag
June 1883, The Hague
Pencil, brush, watercolour on paper, 432 x 749 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1180*900
True Color
177 Kb



Head of a Woman
October 1883, Drenthe
Drawing, 216 x 127 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

466*800
Grayscale
73 Kb



Orchard
Autumn 1883, Drenthe
Pen and brown ink over black chalk, white body colour, 254 x 317 mm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1033*820
True Color
147 Kb



Avenue of Poplars
March 1884, Nuene
Pencil and ink, 540 x 390 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

960*1300
True Color
237 Kb



The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Winter
March 1884, Nuenen
Brown ink, pen, white body colour, 515 x 380 mm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

906*1200
True Color
217 Kb



Study Sheet with Seven Hands
January-February 1885, Nuenen
Black pencil, 330 x 254 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

627*850
True Color
97 Kb



Peasant Interior with a Woman Knitting
March 1885, Nuenen
Black chalk, 326 x 264 mm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

774*950
True Color
177 Kb



Peasant Interior with a Woman Sewing
March-April 1885, Nuenen
Black chalk, white body colour, 305 x 369 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1139*920
True Color
225 Kb



Peasant Woman Bending Over
July 1885, Nuenen
Black pencil, 533 x 432 mm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

995*1200
True Color
160 Kb



Peasant Woman Gleaning
July 1885, Nuenen
Black pencil, 533 x 432 mm
Private collection

1033*1200
True Color
175 Kb



Peasant Woman Gleaning
July 1885, Nuenen
Black chalk on paper, 515 x 415 mm
Museum Folkwang, Essen

939*1200
True Color
185 Kb



Peasant Woman Planting Beets
July-September 1885, Nuenen
Black chalk, 522 x 435 mm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1000*1220
True Color
180 Kb



Reaper
August 1885, Nuenen
Black pencil, 419 x 521 mm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1218*1000
True Color
195 Kb



Reaper from Behind
August 1885, Nuenen
Black chalk and ink on yellowish woven paper, 471 x 362 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

900*1154
True Color
215 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