Van Gogh Sketches

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'By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven't yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it . . . .'

Vincent van Gogh
Letter 257
c. 3 January 1883

Van gogh sketches 2016

Vincent van Gogh is famous for the nearly 900 paintings he produced in his ten short years as an artist. His sketches and watercolours, too, have become extremely well known. It's important to remember, however, that Van Gogh produced works no less remarkable in yet another medium: letter sketches. Throughout his career as an artist Vincent maintained a warm and loving correspondence with his brother, Theo. In many of the letters to his brother (and others as well) Vincent drew sketches within the letters themselves--as a means of showing how his work was progressing.

Nov 15, 2016 The 26cm by 40cm sketchbook was a business ledger given to van Gogh in May 1888 by the owners of a cafe where he was living. It was rediscovered three years ago by the Canadian-based art historian. Tags: van, gogh, sketches All rights to paintings and other images found on PaintingValley.com are owned by their respective owners (authors, artists), and the Administration of the website doesn't bear responsibility for their use.

In the tables below all of Vincent van Gogh's 133 letter sketches are listed. These works are in many ways no less remarkable than Van Gogh's most famous oils. One can see Vincent's ongoing progression as an artist and view intimate subtleties about his craft. There is a surprising attention to detail and even use of colour (see Honesty in a Vase, for example) in Van Gogh's letter sketches. As a result, the poignant content of the letters and the delicate masterpieces many of them contained, truly make Van Gogh's letters a work of art themselves.


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Famous Paintings By Vincent Van Gogh

Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

Name

Origin

Letter

JH

Beach and BoatsThe Hague: 3 September 1882 228227
Beach and SeaThe Hague: c. 10-12 August 1882 224174
Bench with Four Persons (and Baby)The Hague: c. 12-14 September 1882 R12198
Beach with People Walking and BoatsThe Hague: 27 September 1882 237248
Bird's NestNuenen: October, 1885 425943
Bleaching GroundThe Hague: 26 July 1882 220163
BreakwaterThe Hague: 29-30 July 1883 307381
CemeteryDrente: 17 September 1883 325396
Church in Nuenen, with One FigureNuenen: c. 24 January 1884 355447
Church Pew with WorshippersThe Hague: c. 1 October 1882 235226
Cottages with Thatched Roofs and FiguresAuvers-sur-Oise: 23 July 1890 6512116
Couple Walking between Rows of TreesAuvers-sur-Oise: 2 July 1890 6462042
CypressesSaint-Rémy: 25 June 1889 5961750
Daubigny's Garden with Black CatAuvers-sur-Oise: 23 July 1890 6512106
DiggerEtten: September, 1881 15030
DiggerEtten: October, 1881 15155
Doctor Gachet Sitting at a Table with Books and a Glass with Sprigs of FoxgloveAuvers-sur-Oise: 3 June 1890 6382008
Enclosed Field with PloughmanSaint-Rémy: 3 or 4 September 1889 6021769
Farmer Leaning on his SpadeEtten: September, 1881 15041
Farmhouse with Wheat Field along a Road and Field with FlowersArles: 12 May 1888 4871418
Field in a Thunderstorm / Digger and Figure of a WomanEtten: September, 1881 15037 and 39
Field of Grass with Dandelions and Tree TrunksSaint-Rémy: 4 May 1890 6311971
Fishing Boats on the BeachThe Hague: 26 July 1882 220159
Five Persons at a MealNuenen: c. 11 April 1885 399735
Garbage DumpThe Hague: 4 or 5 June 1883 289369
Garbage DumpThe Hague: c. 10 June 1883 292370
Gardener near a Gnarled Apple TreeThe Hague: c. 13 July 1883 300380
Gardener with a WheelbarrowNuenen: early January, 1884 351a440
Garden with FlowersArles: c. 19 July 1888 5121511
Girl in a Wood, AThe Hague: 9 September 1882 229183
Girl Kneeling in Front of a CradleThe Hague: 21-28 March 1883 276338
Girl near the Stove, Grinding CoffeeThe Hague: mid-January, 1882 17091
Girl with Straw Hat, Sitting in the WheatAuvers-sur-Oise: 1 July 1890 6462054
Gordina de Groot, HeadNuenen: c. 15 May 1885 409784
Group of People on the Beach with Fishing Boat ArrivingThe Hague: 18 September 1882 231205
Honesty in a VaseNuenen: c. 1 April, 1885 398726
Interior with Woman SewingNuenen: first half January, 1884 351a441
Lane of Cypresses with a Couple Walking, AArles: c. 21 October 1888 5561616
Lane with PoplarsNuenen: early November, 1885 434960
L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux)Saint-Rémy: c. 5 June 1890 W221896
Little Blossoming Pear TreeArles: c. 13 April 1888 4771395
Man in a Village InnThe Hague: March, 1883 276339
Man Pulling a HarrowDrente: 28 October 1883 336420
Man Putting Potatoes in a SackEtten: October, 1881 15260
Memory of the Garden at EttenArles: c. 16 November 1888 W91631
Miners in the Snow at DawnCuesmes: 20 August 1880 134Juv. 10
Newly Mowed Lawn with Weeping TreeArles: 5 July 1888 5081500
Nude Woman, Half-Length ('The Great Lady')The Hague: early April, 1882 185128
Old Man Reeling YarnNuenen: early June, 1884 371498
Old Woman Seen from BehindThe Hague: 3 March 1882 178110
Orchard and House with Orange RoofArles: c. 21 April 1888 4781400
OrphansThe Hague: 18 September 1882 232203
Parsonage with Flowering TreesNuenen: April, 1884 366476
Path to the BeachThe Hague: 29-30 July 1883 307382
Peasant Burning Weeds, and Farmhouse at NightDrente: c. 22 October 1883 335419
Peasant Man and Woman Planting PotatoesNuenen: 9 April 1885 339a (postcard) 728
Peasant Sitting by the Fireplace ('Worn Out')Etten: September, 1881 15035
Peasant Woman, HeadNuenen: January-February, 1885 393628
Peasant Woman, Seen against the Window, Head and Whole FigureNuenen: mid-March, 1885 396713
Peasant Woman, Seen against the Window, Two HeadsNuenen: mid-March, 1885 396714
Peasant Woman, Two HeadsNuenen: c. 1 April 1885 397723
People in the StudioThe Hague: c. 2 March 1883 270327
Plowman with Stooping Woman, and a Little Farmhouse with Piles of PeatDrente: November, 1883 339422
Plowman with Two WomenDrente: c. 13 October 1883 333412
Pollard WillowThe Hague: c. 1 August 1882 221165
Potato Grubbers, Four FiguresThe Hague: c. 23-28 June 1883 296373
Public Garden with a Couple and a Blue Fir TreeArles: 13 October 1888 5521602
Public Soup Kitchen, TheThe Hague: c. 3 March 1883 271328
Public Soup Kitchen, TheThe Hague: c. 4 March 1883 272332
Quay with Men Unloading Sand BargesArles: c. 14 August 1888 5241557
Raising of Lazarus, TheSaint-Rémy: 3 May 1890 6321973
Road with Men Walking, Carriage, Cypress, Star, and Crescent MoonSaint-Rémy: c. 17 June 1890 6431983
Road with Pollard Willows / Farmhouses on a Road with TreesEtten: October, 1881 15148 and 49
Road with Pollard WillowsEtten: October, 1881 R150
Road with Pollard WillowsEtten: October, 1881 15258
RooftopsThe Hague: 23 July 1882 220157
Round Clipped Shrub in the Public GardenArles: 2 October 1888 553b1584
Schenkweg, TheThe Hague: mid-January, 1882 17093
Scheveningen Woman KnittingEtten: December, 1881 16387
Scheveningen Woman SewingEtten: December, 1881 16386
Scheveningen Woman SewingThe Hague: 21 January 1882 17196
Scheveningen Woman StandingEtten: December, 1881 16388
Sculpture and Still Life with Cabbage and ClogsEtten: December, 1881 16389
Seine with the Pont de Clichy, TheParis: summer 1887 4711324
Snowy YardThe Hague: 21-28 March 1883 276342
Sower and Trunk of an Old Yew TreeArles: 28 October 1888 558b1619
Sower with Hand in SackEtten: September, 1881 15033
Sower with Setting SunArles: c. 25 November 1888 558a1628
Starry Night, TheArles: 2 October 1888 553b1594
State Lottery OfficeThe Hague: c. 1 October 1882 235223
Still Life with Coffee PotArles: c. 20 May 1888 4891427
Stooping Woman in LandscapeDrente: c. 13 October 1883 333414
Sunset Over a MeadowThe Hague: 14 August 1882 225177
Tarascon Stagecoach, TheArles: 13 October 1888 5521606
Three OrchardsArles: c. 13 April 1888 4771393
Three Persons Sitting at the WindowNuenen: early May, 1885 405776
Two Peasant Women, DiggingNuenen: second half August, 1885 R57879
Viaduct and the Trinquetaille Bridge, TheArles: 13 October 1888 5521607
Vincent's Bedroom in ArlesArles: October, 1888 5541609
Vincent's HouseArles: 1 May 1888 4801413
Weaver Facing LeftNuenen: first half January, 1884 351a442
Weed Burner, Sitting on a Wheelbarrow with his Wife /
Three Persons Returning from the Potato Field
The Hague: c. 11 July 1883 299376 and 378
Wheat FieldsAuvers-sur-Oise: 2 July 1890 6462039
Wheat FieldsAuvers-sur-Oise: 23 July 1890 6512100
Wheat FieldsAuvers-sur-Oise: 23 July 1890 6512103
Wheat HarvestNuenen: early August, 1884 374508
Woman at the Window, KnittingThe Hague: mid-January, 1882 17092
Woman near a Window (twice), Man with Winnow, Sower, and Woman with BroomEtten: September, 1881 15028
Woman Reading a NovelArles: c. 16 November 1888 W91633
Women Working in the PeatDrente: 6-7 October 1883 331410
Woody Landscape After the RainThe Hague: 9 September 1882 229191
Workman beside a Mound of Peat, and a Peat Boat with Two FiguresDrente: c. 22 October 1883 335416


New York: Pierpont Morgan Library

Name

Origin

Letter

JH

Drawbridge with Walking CoupleArles: c. 15 March 1888 B21370
Fishing Boats at Sea, Landscape with Edge of a Road, and a Farm along a RoadArles: 6-11 June 1888 B61464
Fishing Boats on the BeachArles: 6-11 June 1888 B61461
Orchard and House with Orange RoofArles: c. 21 April 1888 B41401
Orchard Surrounded by CypressesArles: 9 April 1888 B31390
Sower with Setting SunArles: c. 18 June 1888 B71472
Still Life with Coffee PotArles: c. 20 May 1888 B51428
Street in Saintes-MariesArles: 6-11 June 1888 B61463
Vincent's BedroomArles: 17 October 1888 B221610
Wheat Field with Setting SunArles: c. 18 June 1888 B71474


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Other Locations

Vincent van gogh ink drawings

Name

Origin

Letter

JH

Current Location

La Crau with Peach Trees in BloomArles: c. 10 April 1889 583b1682 Private collection
Orchard in Bloom with View of ArlesArles: c. 10 April 1889 583b1684 Private collection
Ploughed FieldArles: c. 26 September 1888 541a1587 Private collection
Sower with Setting SunArles: c. 17 June 1888 501a1471 New York, Guggenheim Museum
Woman DiggingThe Hague: c. 21 May 1883 275337 Private collection, Paris


Location Unknown

Name

Origin

Letter

JH

Marguerite Gachet at the PianoAuvers-sur-Oise: 28 June 1890 6452049
Trees with IvySaint-Rémy: 22 May 1889 5921694
Great Peacock MothSaint-Rémy: 22 May 1889 5921701
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