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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
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; 2006.56
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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.

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