1920 Wood Engraving Vincent Van Gogh Pen Sketch Drawing Art Rhone River XDA7
This 91+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the verso.
- Product Type: Original Engraving; Black / White
- Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
- Dimensions: Approximately 6.25 x 4 inches; 16 x 10 cm
- Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
- Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This piece was illustrated by van Gogh, Vincent. There is no visible artist signature.
van Gogh, Vincent
Vincent van Gogh (30 March 1853-29 July 1890) was born in Groot-Zundert, a small village located near Breda in the province of North Brabant in the south of the Netherlands. Vincent was named after his grandfather, and shared his name with a stillborn brother who had died exactly a year before he was born. His father, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, provided an early atmosphere of religion and culture. Van Gogh was a highly emotional, serious, silent, and thoughtful child who loved art from an early age. Though he drew frequently, he did not start painting until he was in his late twenties, having tried and failed to make a living as a bookstore clerk, an art salesman, and a preacher in the Borinage, a gloomy mining district in Belgium. Having failed at this last attempt, van Gogh remained in Belgium to study art. These early works are somber, with stark light, and are populated by people from the local community. In 1885, the year he completed "The Potato Eaters," van Gogh traveled to Antwerp, discovering the work of Rubens and becoming influenced by Japanese prints. In 1886, van Gogh joined his brother Théo in Paris. Here he studied with Cormon and met Pissarro, Monet, and Gauguin. These encounters led to a lightening of his palette and the adoption of the short, quick brushstrokes employed by the Impressionists. His health worsened during this time and he moved south to Arles, where he hoped his friends would join him to found an art school. Gauguin met him in Arles, but the friendship ended and Gauguin left when van Gogh pursued him with an open razor, accidentally cutting-off a portion of his own earlobe. Following this incident, van Gogh was sent to an asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment of fits of madness and depression. In May of 1890, van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Olse and was given care by Dr. Gachet. Two months later van Gogh shot himself "for the good of all." In just over a decade, van Gogh produced more than 2,100 artworks and most of his best-known works were completed in the last two years of his life. In his own lifetime, van Gogh only sold one painting.
The work from these last two or three years are van Gogh's most iconic. The brushwork became more intense and impassioned, perhaps frantic, with the thick application of vibrant, intense, and symbolic color. Van Gogh established his legacy as an influential Post-Impressionist for modern art during this period.