Newly identified Van Gogh drawing is on display for the first time

From left to right: “Study for Worn Out”, “Worn Out” and “Eternity’s Gate”.

Vincent van Gogh is known to have one of the most iconic art styles of all time. Both in drawing and painting, his art is distinguished by an expressive use of line and color. Now fans of his work can take a look at a newly identified sketch, which will be on display at the Van Gogh Museum until January 2, 2022.

The “new” pencil sketch, titled Study for worn, resembles other pieces of the Dutch master’s work, in particular the drawing Exhausted and painting At the gates of eternity. Like the others, it represents an old man sitting on a chair and holding his head in his hands. “As a knowledge center dedicated to the work of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, we welcome this discovery, with which we have once again done justice to our area of ​​specialization”, says Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Museum. Van Gogh. “It is quite rare that a new work is attributed to Van Gogh. We are proud to be able to share this first drawing and its history with visitors to our museum.

It came into the possession of the Van Gogh Museum when a Dutch family asked specialists to take a look at their unsigned drawing. After some time, the staff officially recognized the piece as an official work of Van Gogh. “In stylistic terms, this fits perfectly into the many figure studies we know from Van Gogh’s time in The Hague and the link with Exhausted is obvious, ”says Teio Meedendorp, senior researcher at the Van Gogh Museum. Experts have also clarified the exact time the drawing was made, which is most likely at the end of November 1882, when the artist was only 29 years old. Meanwhile, Van Gogh wrote in his letters to his brother Theo and to artist Anthon van Rappard about the development of Exhausted.

“The artist started out by drawing a grid on the paper, which tells us that he worked with a perspective frame to help him quickly capture a figure with the right proportions,” Meedendorp continues. “He then worked the leaf in his characteristic expressive drawing style: not refined, but with streaks and energetic strokes and precise outlines, seeking a pithy image with particular attention to the effects of light and light. shadow. Additionally, the 9 “x 12” sketch also features materials used in other Van Gogh drawings, including a carpenter’s pencil, heavy watercolor paper, and water and milk fixer.

Study for worn will be on display on the first floor of the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum until January 2, 2022. It will be on display alongside other works from the same period, including the drawing Exhausted.

A newly identified drawing by Vincent van Gogh is on display for the first time at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Sketch for Worn Out by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, “Study for Wear”, 1882 (Photo via the Van Gogh Museum)

This sketch is similar to another drawing by the Dutch artist titled Exhausted, as well as a table entitled Grieving old man (at the door of eternity).

Worn drawing by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, “Worn Out”, 1882 (Photo: Van Gogh Museum via Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

It will be visible on the first floor of the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum until January 2, 2022.

At the door of eternity Painting by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, “Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity’s Gate)”, 1890 (Photo: Kröller-Müller Museum via Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

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