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VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853-1890)

 
VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in. VINCENT VAN GOGH - Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk - watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on
paper - 9 7/8 x 14 1/16 in.
Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk18829 7/8 x 14 1/16 in.(25.08 x 35.72 cm) watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink on paper
Provenance
Anon. sale, Veduehuis, The Hague, 22 June 1960
Willem Brinkman, Schipluiden, The Netherlands, acquired at the above sale, and until at least 1970
Anon. sale, Sotheby & Co., London, 21 April 1971, lot 23
Kunsthandel Ivo Bouwman, The Hague, by 2002
Eric Brecher, Sydney, by 2005
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans
Private Collection, United States
Sale, Christie’s, New York, 6 October 2020, 20th Century Evening Sale, lot 46
Private Collection, Kentucky, United States
Exhibition
Frankfurt Kunstverein, Vincent van...More... Gogh: Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, April-June 1970, pp. 67-68, no. 10 (dated 1882-1883 and titled Townscape–The Hague).
Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Vincent van Gogh: Drawings, March-July 1990, p. 114, no. 63 (illustrated in color; dated 1882-1883).
Treviso, Casa dei Carraresi, L'impressionismo e l'eta' di Van Gogh, November 2002-March 2003, pp. 403 and 459, no. 121 (illustrated in color, p. 403).
Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, January-February 2005 (on loan).
Poughkeepsie, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, March 2005 (on loan).
Literature
Haagsch Dagblad, 7 July 1960 (illustrated).
C. Wentinck, "Veilingen," in Elseviers Weekblad, 9 July 1960 (illustrated).
J.-B. de la Faille, The Works of Vincent Van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings, Amsterdam, 1970, no. SD 1680 (illustrated).
J. Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, New York, 1980, p. 32, no. 97 illustrated).
J.-B. de la Faille, Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Works on Paper, Catalogue Raisonne, San Francisco 1992, vol. I, p. 448, no. 1680 (illustrated, vol. II, pl. CCXLVI).
J. Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, Amsterdam, 1996, p. 32, no. 97 (illustrated).
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“If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent van Gogh

History

When Vincent van Gogh arrived unexpectedly at the home of his cousin-in-law, Anton Mauve, on November 27, 1881, it was as much a surprise to Mauve as it was to his brother Theo. For his part, Mauve, the prominent realist painter associated with the Hague School, was more gracious than Vincent had any right to expect. He took the young Vincent under his wing and with all due haste ‘installed (Vincent) in front of a still life consisting of a couple of old clogs and other objects.’ He then set the newcomer to gaining likenesses from models to which Vincent gushed, “how marvelous watercolor is for expressing space and airiness, allowing the figure to be part of the atmosphere and life to enter it!”

Courtesy of Mauve’s generous loan, by early January Vincent had his own studio. “Drawing is becoming more and more of a passion…Mauve has shown me a new way to make something, namely watercolors. Well, now I’m immersed in that, I’m daubing and washing out, in short, seeking and striving. For one must make desperate attempts because there is something diabolical about the execution of a watercolor.” In addition to a couple small watercolors, Vincent started a large one that ‘did not automatically go so well and easily straightaway.’ But it seems the rest of January would be devoted entirely to working with watercolor only — mostly in the service of achieving a reasonable facsimile of any model he could afford to hire.

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    Vincent van Gogh, “Souvenir de Mauve” (c. March 1888) oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

MARKET INSIGHTS

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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 was one of Van Gogh’s earliest watercolors. He began working in the medium the year prior, in 1881.
  • A similar watercolor from same year is in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, and comparable works on paper from similar year and size have sold for over $4.7M at auction.

Top Van Gogh Works on Paper at Auction

"La moisson en Provence" (1888), pencil and ink on paper, 19 x 23 ½ in.  Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 24 June 1997 for $14,650,000 USD.
“La moisson en Provence” (1888), pencil and ink on paper, 19 x 23 ½ in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 24 June 1997 for $14,650,000 USD.
"Oliviers avec les Alpilles au fond" (1889), ink on paper, 18 ½ x 24 ½ in. Sold at Sotheby’s London, 7 December 2017 for $8,574,000 USD.
“Oliviers avec les Alpilles au fond” (1889), ink on paper, 18 ½ x 24 ½ in. Sold at Sotheby’s London, 7 December 2017 for $8,574,000 USD.
"Jardin de Fleurs" (1888), ink on paper, 24 x 19 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s New York, 14 November 1990 for $8,360,000 USD.
“Jardin de Fleurs” (1888), ink on paper, 24 x 19 ½ in. Sold at Christie’s New York, 14 November 1990 for $8,360,000 USD.

Comparable Works on Paper Sold at Auction

"Les Toits" (1882), watercolor and gouache, 15 3/8 x 22 1/8 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 3 May 2006 for $4,720,000 USD.
“Les Toits” (1882), watercolor and gouache, 15 3/8 x 22 1/8 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 3 May 2006 for $4,720,000 USD.
  • This work was completed in the same year as the available work.
  • It also comprises a similar color palette and medium as Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk.
"The 'Laakmolen' Near the Hague" (1882), gouache, watercolor, charcoal and pen and ink on paper, 14 ¾ x 22 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 8 December 2020 for $2,500,500 USD.
“The ‘Laakmolen’ Near the Hague” (1882), gouache, watercolor, charcoal and pen and ink on paper, 14 ¾ x 22 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: 8 December 2020 for $2,500,500 USD.
  • The present work has a similar medium and subject as the work available for sale. 
  • This painting is from the exact year as Heather James’ piece.
"Un Coin de Jardin á Arles" (1888), reed pen and ink on paper, 9 ½ x 12 ¾ in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 21 June 2017 for $2,290,716 USD.
“Un Coin de Jardin á Arles” (1888), reed pen and ink on paper, 9 ½ x 12 ¾ in. Sold at Sotheby’s London: 21 June 2017 for $2,290,716 USD.
  • This work is similar in scale, medium, and monochromatic palette as the painting for sale.
"Pollard Willow" (1882), watercolor, gouache and pen and ink on paper, 14 ¾ x 22 1/8 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 7 February 2012 for $2,022,958 USD.
“Pollard Willow” (1882), watercolor, gouache and pen and ink on paper, 14 ¾ x 22 1/8 in. Sold at Christie’s London: 7 February 2012 for $2,022,958 USD.
  • The present work was painted in the same year as Uitzicht over Den Haag met de Nieuwe Kerk. 
  • Like the painting available at Heather James, it is a darkly colored work on paper.

Similar Artworks in Museum Collections

"Bulb Fields" (1883), oil on canvas on panel, 19 ¼ x 26 in., National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
“Bulb Fields” (1883), oil on canvas on panel, 19 ¼ x 26 in., National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
"Farmhouses in Loosduinen near The Hague at Twilight" (1883), oil on canvas on panel, 13 x 21¾ in., Centraal Museum, Utrecht.
“Farmhouses in Loosduinen near The Hague at Twilight” (1883), oil on canvas on panel, 13 x 21¾ in., Centraal Museum, Utrecht.
"Landscape with a Stack of Peat and Farmhouses" (1883), watercolor on paper, 16 ½ x 21 ¼ in., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
“Landscape with a Stack of Peat and Farmhouses” (1883), watercolor on paper, 16 ½ x 21 ¼ in., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
"Bleachery at Scheveningen" (1882), watercolor heightened with white gouache, 12 ½ x 21 ¼ in., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
“Bleachery at Scheveningen” (1882), watercolor heightened with white gouache, 12 ½ x 21 ¼ in., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – 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”
Watch: Vincent van Gogh’s Turning Points: Van Gogh in Paris

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