GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)

Peasants at a Meal

March-April 1890, Saint-Rémy
Black chalk on paper, 340 x 500 mm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Catalogue numbers: F 1588, JH 1954.

The important feature of van Gogh's programme in Saint-Rémy was his return to the preoccupations of the art in his formative Dutch years. and their justifications. He wrote to ask his family to send him drawings made in Nuenen so that he could rework them and work on similar themes. He planned to repaint The Potato Eaters (1885), which he had always thought was his best and most important painting, and made drawings of its composition from memory.