Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh
Two Cottages at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
ca. 30 May-5 June 1888
Reed pen and brown ink over graphite.
12 3/8 x 18 5/8 inches (315 x 473 mm)
Thaw Collection.
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Van Gogh visited the Mediterranean fishing village of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the early summer of 1888, where, as he wrote to his brother, he hoped to “get my drawings more spontaneous, more exaggerated.” This sheet is one of nine he made during his week in the village, and one of four he kept in his studio in Arles upon his return. The spontaneity he hoped to achieve is expressed in a vigorous, freely drawn graphite sketch that he then articulated with a broad-nibbed reed pen in a series of marks that range from coarse to delicate.

Mrs. J. van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam; Miss E. Bonger, Amsterdam; Willem Mengelberg, Amsterdam; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ritter, Scarsdale, New York; private collection; Acquavella Galleries, New York; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

Watermark: "PL BAS."

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