A Woman Walking in a Garden – A Reader’s Question

We recently received the following message from a Van Gogh Gallery visitor: Hello, I’m wondering if it is known who the woman is (a name..?) in the painting, A Woman Walking in a Garden. Vincent van Gogh painted A Woman Walking in a Garden in 1887. The painting is aptly named as it depicts a woman walking through a garden, surrounded by greenery and hints of red and yellow flowers. Unfortunately we can find no clue as to who the woman is. Van Gogh’s letters usually provide many clues however, there are not many letters from Van Gogh in 1887 as he lived in Paris with Theo, and Theo was the recipient of …..

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Vincent Van Gogh’s Friendship with Emile Bernard

Vincent van Gogh most likely met Emile Bernard in 1886 at Fernand Cormon’s studio where they both studied under the well known portrait painter, or perhaps they met a short time later at Père Tanguy’s shop.  Bernard was just 18 years old when he and Van Gogh, 15 years his senior, became friends yet Bernard had already developed his own artistic style. Bernard was dismissed from Cormon’s studio due to his artistic opinions.  He sought his own artistic direction as he walked away from Impressionism as well as the Neo-Impressionism of Seurat and Signac, though he did experiment with pointillism for a short period.  By 1887, Bernard had come to …..

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Windmills near Dordrecht by Van Gogh

In late August of 1881, Van Gogh left Etten for a trip to The Hague to visit Mr. Tersteeg, Mauve and De Bock.  On the way home, he took the train to Dordrecht to draw a row of windmills.  He most likely went over his drawing of the windmills in watercolor later while in Etten.  The final work titled, Windmills near Dordrecht. Windmills appear in some of Van Gogh’s other works including Landscape with Windmill an 1881 pencil and charcoal drawing.  He drew Three Figures near a Canal with Windmill in The Hague in August of 1883.  Here he was struggling with technique and wrote to Theo saying, “Most of …..

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