Water Mill at Gennep by Van Gogh

In 1884, Vincent van Gogh created three paintings all titled Water Mill at Gennep. Van Gogh spent time in Neunen from 1883-1885 and during this time he studied the rural life of the people as well as their surroundings and he executed a number of landscapes, including the 3 watermill paintings. In a letter to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh mentioned the freezing working conditions in which he painted the mill, “Though it has been freezing pretty hard here for the last few days, I am still at work out-of-doors, on a rather large study (more than 40 inches) of an old water mill at Gennep, on the other side …..

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The Vicarage at Nuenen

Nuenen is a small town in the North Brabant district of the Netherlands where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1883-1885.  In 1882, Van Gogh’s father became a pastor in Nuenen, and the family lived in the vicarage, the residence provided by the church, also known as a parsonage or rectory. In early December of 1883, Van Gogh left Drenthe for Nuenen, and moved into the vicarage with his family.  The laundry at the back of the house was turned into a sort studio and storage for him.  Van Gogh’s father wrote to Theo saying, “We do not think it’s really suitable, but we have had a proper stove installed (…). …..

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