The Zouave

Vincent van GoghJune 1888 - 1888

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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.”

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  • 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