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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Van Gogh’s Barn Owl Drawings

Sometime between April to September of 1887 Van Gogh created two barn owl drawings from pencil, pen, and blue ink.  In February of 1886, Van Gogh moved to Paris and lived with his brother Theo in Montmartre, an artists’ quarter.  In Paris Van Gogh was exposed to the Impressionists, their use of light, and themes involving the country.  By 1887, Van Gogh had become friends with a number of young artists, was envisioning a harmonious and artistic community, and was organizing art shows at a local Paris restaurant.  It was during his time in Paris that he began to take new approaches to his art.  His palette became lighter and …..

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Terrace of a Cafe on Montmartre (La Guinguette)

The cafes of Montmartre became meeting places for Impressionist artists who were troubled with the Paris art world.  They were gathering spots where the artists offered each other advice and encouragement and became the subject of many Impressionist and Post Impressionist works. Terrace of a Café on Montmartre (La Guinguette) was painted by Van Gogh in Montmartre Paris in October of 1886.  Instead of the light-hearted scene one might expect, he used sober colors with low light to portray the café and its patrons.  The figures have little detail and a fairly dark palette of browns and red.  The light post near the center has a surprising streak of aqua …..

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