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The Zouave is the first in the series of character portraits Van Gogh painted in Arles. On 21 June 1888 he wrote to Theo: “Let’s talk about something else. I have a model at last — a Zouave — he’s a lad with a small face, the neck of a bull, the eye of a tiger, and I started doing one portrait and started again on another. The bust-length I painted of him was terribly hard. In a uniform the blue of blue enamel saucepans, with dull orange-red trimmings and two lemon-yellow stars on his chest, a common blue and very hard to do.”

Details

  • Title: The Zouave
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Date Created: June 1888 - 1888
  • Location Created: Arles, France
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: The Zouave

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