This old peasant’s cottage, seen at dusk, gives a peaceful, idyllic picture of rural life. Van Gogh was fascinated by such peasant dwellings, which he called ‘human nests.’ This cottage, with its double front doors and split chimney, actually housed two families. One of them was the De Groots, who posed for The Potato eaters.


  • Title: The cottage
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Creator Lifespan: 30 March 1853 - 29 July 1890
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Creator Birth Place: Zundert
  • Date Created: May 1885 - 1885
  • Location Created: Nuenen, The Netherlands
  • Place Part Of: The Netherlands
  • Type: Landscape
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: The Cottage

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