Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh

Two Cottages at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888

Reed pen and brown ink, over graphite
12 3/8 x 18 3/4 inches (315 x 474 mm)

Thaw Collection

Item description: 

In early summer 1888 van Gogh visited the Mediterranean fishing village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, where, as he wrote to his brother, he hoped to " . . . get [his] drawings more spontaneous, more exaggerated." The spontaneity he hoped to achieve is expressed in a vigorous, freely drawn graphite sketch that the artist then articulated with alternating thick and fine strokes of a broad-nibbed reed pen. The drawing’s brisk, energetic execution indicates that it might have been made on site.