Vincent van Gogh: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

The cottage (May 1885 - 1885) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'Van Gogh was fascinated by such peasant dwellings, which he called 'human nests.''

Head of a woman (March 1885 - 1885) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'In the winter of 1884-1885, wishing to master figure painting, Van Gogh painted over forty studies of peasant heads. He chose models who conformed to his view of peasants, with 'coarse, flat faces, low foreheads and thick lips, not sharp but full.''

Trees and undergrowth (July 1887 - 1887) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'The play of the sunlight falling through the foliage onto the forest floor gave Van Gogh an opportunity to experiment with innumerable variations of green.'

Self-portrait (March 1887 - June 1887) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'Vincent van Gogh painted a total of some 35 self-portraits during the course of his career.'

A crab on its back (1888) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'In bad weather, or if a strong wind prevented him from painting outside, Van Gogh often painted still lifes. He may have come upon the idea of painting this crab after seeing Japanese prints of the same subject.'

The harvest (June 1888 - 1888) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'He considered this impressive vista one of his finest works.'

The white orchard (April 1888 - 1888) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'Van Gogh hoped his paintings of orchards in bloom would sell well because they would appeal to many people. He experimented with his painting technique by sometimes using thick, rough brushstrokes, or even by leaving areas of canvas completely unpainted. Van Gogh was the most satisfied with this painting, which together with The pink peach tree and The pink orchard formed a triptych.'

Terrace of a café at night (Place du Forum) (c. 16 September 1888) by Vincent van GoghThe Kröller-Müller Museum

'Van Gogh was pleased with the effect: 'I believe that an abundance of gaslight, which, after all, is yellow and orange, intensifies blue.' Constellations He writes to his sister Wil: 'I enormously enjoy painting on the spot at night.''

Wheatfield with a reaper (September 1889 - 1889) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'In the wake of several mental crises, Van Gogh had decided to commit himself to the hospital there at the end of April 1889. In September 1889, Van Gogh wrote about the meaning of this painting, referring to the well-known biblical metaphor: "A reaper, the study is all yellow, terribly thickly impasted, but the subject was beautiful and simple.'

Undergrowth (July 1889 - 1889) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'Van Gogh painted this view of the grown beneath the ivy-clad trees.'

Tree-roots (July 1890 - 1890) by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum

'Van Gogh painted other scenes of trees and woods. He often cut off his compositions in an unusual fashion, often painting trees without their tops, or a piece of woodland showing only undergrowth and flowers -- or, as here, only the roots of the trees.'

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