Vincent van Gogh
View of Arles
Vincent van Gogh
View of Arles, 1888
Reed pen and ink and wash over graphite on paper
43.2 x 54.6 cm (17 x 21 1/2 inches)
Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth 42.212A
(June 5 –October 26, 2008)
Executed with his distinctive reed pen, View of Arles is one ofthe first drawings in van Gogh’s body of work for which he utilized an overall dot pattern, a technique that intimates the scintillating color combinations and expressive handling ofhis paint. This sheet functioned both as a preparatory study and a finished composition for the art market. After drafting a perspective box in graphite, Van Gogh drew the central composition outdoors on site. This composition later became the basis for an oil study. Back in his studio, van Gogh finished the drawing for sale in Paris by adding irises in the foreground with an ink-laden pen, as well as a title and signature.(October 21, 2016 – June 11, 2017)
Vincent van Gogh drew this meadow using a pen he cut from a reed that grew there. This simple handmade drawing tool allowed him to produce the variety of dots and lines seen on this sheet.
Despite his skillful rendering, the artist admitted in a letter to his brother, Theo, that he found the size of the paper and scope of the composition challenging. He used a perspective frame—a rectangular construction of his own design, crossed by strings—to help plan his study. The framing lines he drew based on this device are still visible along the top margin of the sheet and in a faint rectangle around the composition.
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelection VFrench Watercolors and Drawings, ca. 1800-1910
Contributions byChampa, Kermit S.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1975
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and CollectionsFrom Dürer to Van GoghGifts from Eliza Greene Radeke and Helen Metcalf Danforth
Edited ByLiese, Jennifer, ed.
Contributions byEmily J. Peters
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeJournalsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967
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