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VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853-1890)

 
VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres - oil on canvas - 19 3/8 x 18 1/4 in.
La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres188519 3/8 x 18 1/4 in.(49.21 x 46.36 cm) oil on canvas
Provenance
F.W.R. Wentges, The Hague
Rene Gas, Paris
Private Collection, Philadelphia
William Woodward, New York
Richard Feigen, New York
Eugene V. Klein
LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Germany
Private Collection, Europe/Harsch Fine Arts
Private Collection, Kentucky
Literature
'Onze Kunst: geillustreerd maandschrift voor beeldende en decorative kunsten', Antwerpen, 1904, p.3.
Jean Leymarie, 'Van Gogh; Collection Prométhée, Tisné, Paris, 1951, pp. 24, 98.
Exhib. Cat. 'Th
...More...e Richard L. Feigen Collection, a selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and drawings', World House Galleries, New York, 1957, no.3.
Jacob-Baart de la Faille, ‘The Works of Vincent van Gogh. His paintings and drawings’, A.M. Hammacher a.o. (ed.), Amsterdam 1970, Nr. 187
Jan Hulsker, ‘The New Complete Van Gogh. Paintings, Drawings, Sketches’, J.M. Meulenhoff b.v., Amsterdam / John Benjamins, Philadelphia 1966, p. 180, no. 808, ill.
Ingo F. Walther & R. Metsger, 'Vincent Van Gogh: Sämtliche Gemälde', Taschen-Verlag, Köln 1997, Vol. 1, p.110 ill.
Exhib. Cat. 'Die Brücke' und die Moderne 1904-1914', Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, Hirmer Verlag, Munich 2004, no.121, p.144 (ill. iIn color)
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“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?’ – Vincent van Gogh

History

Vincent van Gogh’s Le Chaumiére et une Paysanne Sous les Arbre is one of twelve oils in a group of paintings that depicts peasant cottages or more modest hovels with their characteristic thatched roofs. All were painted sur le motif from late May to early July 1885 on the sparsely populated heath near the small Dutch village of Neunen. Vincent had arrived here December 5 1883, initially taking refuge at his parent’s home from the debt and despair he had incurred at Drenthe. Despite declaring that “father and I are irreconcilable to the depths of our souls,” he stayed two years, and for an artist intent upon working at his usual frenetic pace produced an impressive 195 paintings, 313 drawings and 25 watercolors. Despite Theo’s encouragement to add more color, Vincent was convinced “that a painter of peasant life can do no better than follow the example of the Barbizon – dwelling and living right in the midst of what one is painting.” He revered Millet, worshiped Rembrandt, had deep fondness for Corot, Daubigny, Dupré, and had come under the influence of Anton Mauve and the Hague School known for their ‘warm, fragrant grays’.  He had yet to see an Impressionist painting and could not conceptualize it. To Theo he mused that, “from what you said about ‘Impressionism’, I’ve grasped that it’s something different from what I thought it was, but it’s still not entirely clear to me what one should understand by it. But for my part, I find so tremendously much in Israëls, for instance, that I’m not particularly curious about or eager for something different or newer.”

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    Vincent van Gogh, “The Cottage” (1885), The Van Gogh Museum (Home to two families including the de Groots who were the subjects of The Potato Eaters)
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    Vincent van Gogh, “Farmhouse in Neunen, La Chaumière” (1885)
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    Vincent van Gogh, “Paysanne devant une chaumière” (1885)
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    David Norsworthy, general manager of The Burlington Magazine, taking the newly authenticated Van Gogh to Agnew’s, Bond St, London, March 1969 © Keystone Pictures USA, courtesy of Simon Dickinson, London
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent van Gogh

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  • The graph prepared by Art Market Research shows that since 1976, paintings by Vincent van Gogh have increased at an 8.9% rate of return. 
  • Demand for original and unique artworks by Vincent van Gogh is high. Combined with a limited and dwindling supply, works by Van Gogh have increased in value over time. This is particularly true for museum-quality artworks. 
  • This painting was once part of the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Top Van Gogh Paintings Sold at Auction

"Portrait du Dr. Gachet" (1890), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 15 May 1990 for $82,500,000 USD.
“Portrait du Dr. Gachet” (1890), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s New York: 15 May 1990 for $82,500,000 USD.
"Labourer dans un champ" (1889), oil on canvas, 20 x 25 ¾ in. Sold at Christie’s New York, 13 November 2017 for $81,312,496 USD.
“Labourer dans un champ” (1889), oil on canvas, 20 x 25 ¾ in. Sold at Christie’s New York, 13 November 2017 for $81,312,496 USD.
"Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe" (1889), oil on canvas, 16 x 13 in. Sold at Christie’s New York, 19 November 1998 for $71,503,000 USD.
“Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe” (1889), oil on canvas, 16 x 13 in. Sold at Christie’s New York, 19 November 1998 for $71,503,000 USD.

Comparable Paintings Sold at Auction

"People Strolling in a Park in Paris" (1886), oil on canvas, 18 ¼ x 15 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 12 November 2019 for $9,717,700 USD.
“People Strolling in a Park in Paris” (1886), oil on canvas, 18 ¼ x 15 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 12 November 2019 for $9,717,700 USD.
  • The present work was painted just one year after La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres. 
  • It uses a similarly dark, earthy color palette and depicts a landscape with figures.
  • It is also an oil on canvas, and is slightly smaller than the painting available for sale.
"Raccommodeuses de filets dans les dunes – Août" (1882), oil on paper, 16 ½ x 24 5/8 in. Sold at Artcurial: 4 June 2018 for $8,263,158 USD.
“Raccommodeuses de filets dans les dunes – Août” (1882), oil on paper, 16 ½ x 24 5/8 in. Sold at Artcurial: 4 June 2018 for $8,263,158 USD.
  • This painting was completed in 1882, a few years prior to La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres. 
  • Like the painting available for sale, it is a landscape scene rendered in somber colors. 
"Pont de Clichy" (1887), oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in., Sold at Koller Auktionen AG: 21 June 2013 for $7,028,327 USD.
“Pont de Clichy” (1887), oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in., Sold at Koller Auktionen AG: 21 June 2013 for $7,028,327 USD.
  • This work depicts a landscape, painted two years after the painting for sale. 
  • It is an oil on canvas, similar in size to La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres. 
"Nature Morte: Vase Aux Glaïeuls" (1886), oil on board laid down on canvas, 20 1/8 x 15 ¼ in., Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 14 November 2016 for $5,862,500 USD.
“Nature Morte: Vase Aux Glaïeuls” (1886), oil on board laid down on canvas, 20 1/8 x 15 ¼ in., Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 14 November 2016 for $5,862,500 USD.
  • The present work has a similar dark palette and size as La Chaumière et une Paysanne Sous les Arbres. 
  • It was painted just one year after the work available for sale.

Similar Paintings in Museum Collections

"The Vicarage at Nuenen" (1885), oil on canvas, 13 x 12 ¾ in., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
“The Vicarage at Nuenen” (1885), oil on canvas, 13 x 12 ¾ in., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
"Peasant Woman Digging Potatoes" (1885), oil on cardboard on panel, 12 ½ x 15 in., Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.
“Peasant Woman Digging Potatoes” (1885), oil on cardboard on panel, 12 ½ x 15 in., Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.
“The Potato Eaters” (1885), oil on canvas, 32 ¼ x 44 7/8 in., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
“The Potato Eaters” (1885), oil on canvas, 32 ¼ x 44 7/8 in., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
"Cottage with Woman Digging" (1885), oil on canvas on cardboard, 12 ¼ x 16 ½ in., The Art Institute of Chicago.
“Cottage with Woman Digging” (1885), oil on canvas on cardboard, 12 ¼ x 16 ½ in., The Art Institute of Chicago.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

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Additional Resources

Watch: Vincent van Gogh’s Turning Points: Van Gogh in the Netherlands
Upcoming exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: “Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature”
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