At the Met :: Vincent van Gogh – The Potato Peeler (recto: Self-Potrait with a Straw Hat)

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van Gogh Potato Peeler

I saw the peasant’s peeler, and then I read the plaque under this oil on canvas:

This painting from February/March 1885, with its restricted palette of dark tones, coarse fracture, and blocky drawing, is typical of the works Van Gogh painted in Nuenen the year before he left Holland for France.  His peasant studies of 1885 culminated in his first important painting, The Potato Eaters (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam).

TOE goes places so you don’t have to.

October 16, 2009 1:23 am

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