Vincent van Gogh’s art career lasted a short ten years from 1881 until his death in 1890. The works he produced at the beginning of his career, while he was in his late 20s, are referred to as the “Early works of Vincent van Gogh”. These early works include at least two paintings of churches, Cluster of Old Houses with the New Church in The Hague painted in August of 1882 and Landscape with a Church at Twilight painted in October of 1883.
It was during these early years that Van Gogh seriously explored artistic styles. He moved around quite a bit in the first couple of years and spent time in The Hague studying with his cousin-in-law Anton Mauve. Previously Van Gogh had primarily painted with watercolors, but with instruction from Mauve, Van Gogh began experimenting with oils in 1882.
Cluster of Old Houses with the New Church in The Hague and Landscape with a Church at Twilight are both done in oil and are among the early oil paintings of his career. Compared to his later paintings, some of his early works may seem a bit bland and flat, however, they offer insight into the budding genius’ development.