Fri 12 Jun – 20 Sep 2015

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At the beginning of his career, Vincent van Gogh concentrated above all on drawing. In fact, for the first three years he did little else, convinced as he was that it would give him the foundation he needed to master the art of painting. As a result, his talent as a draughtsman emerged long before he became known as a painter. But drawing remained an important part of his artistic production, and the outstanding mastery demonstrated by his works on paper makes them an equal counterpart to his paintings.

The exhibition “Van Gogh Drawings: Influences and Innovations” looks at the influence of prints and drawings by other artists on Van Gogh’s drawings and his small graphic oeuvre. A representative body of his drawings and prints is thus complemented by a selection of images that inspired him at various stages of his career.

Van Gogh absorbed a multitude of influences and proceeded to assimilate them in works that are highly innovative, not just in style but often in technique as well. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue pay close attention to these and other aspects of one of the most remarkable oeuvres of drawings of the 19th century.

Exhibition curator: Sjraar van Heugten


Vincent van Gogh, Vestibule in the Asylum,  1889
Chalk, brush and oil paint, on paper, 61.6 x 47.1 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Vincent van Gogh, Stone Bench in the Garden of the Asylum, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May—June 1889
Black chalk, brush and oil paint and grey-brown ink, 37.3 x 61.8 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Vincent van Gogh, Garden of the Hospital , 1889
Pencil, reed pen and pen and brush and ink, on paper, 46.6 x 59.9 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition

Van Gogh drawings: influences and innovations

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