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 …..
A native of Holland, many of Van Gogh’s early drawings depicted Dutch landscapes and life. A common fixture in the Dutch landscape even today is the windmill. Van Gogh created several different drawings containing windmills. The windmills were also a very popular subject for Van Gogh during his stay in Paris in 1886 and 1887. Living in an apartment with his brother Theo in Montmartre, the mills (le moulin) were not only part of the scenery but eventually became part of the nightlife as many were converted into dance halls and cabarets. However, Van Gogh’s depiction of the windmills showed more of the gray and desolate side of Montmartre rather …..