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Vincent van Gogh, La Crau from Montmajour, a brown ink drawing over black chalk

1888/1888

British Museum

British Museum

In February 1888 Van Gogh (1853-1890) moved to Arles in the South of France. When he had to economise on paint for several weeks he made numerous pen and ink drawings around the hill of Montmajour.

Van Gogh described this drawing at length to his friend and fellow artist Émile Bernard:

'an enormous stretch of flat country, a bird's eye view of it seen from the top of a hill - vineyards and fields of newly reaped wheat. All this multiplied in endless repetition, stretching away towards the horizon like the surface of a sea, bordered by the little hills of the Crau. It does not have a Japanese look, and yet it is the most Japanese thing I have done: a microscopic figure of a labourer, a little train running across the wheat field is all the animation there is in it'.

In another letter to his brother Theo he stated that 'the two views of the Crau... are the best things I have done in pen and ink'. The companion view he mentions is in the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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  • Title: Vincent van Gogh, La Crau from Montmajour, a brown ink drawing over black chalk
  • Date Created: 1888/1888
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 487.00mm; Width: 607.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: drawn
  • Registration number: 1968,0210.20
  • Producer: Drawn by Gogh, Vincent van
  • Material: paper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Hauke, C. Previous owner/ex-collection . Previous owner/ex-collection . Previous owner/ex-collection . Previous owner/ex-collection . Previous owner/ex-collection . Previous owner/ex-collection . Previous owner/ex-collection

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