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The Drawbridge by Vincent van Gogh

    The Drawbridge by Vincent van Gogh

    The Drawbridge by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1888. The painting is in Wallraf Richartz Museum, Köln. The size of the work is 49,5 x 64,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    On a canal not far from Arles, van Gogh found a motif that reminded him of his Dutch homeland: a drawbridge. He was to capture it on canvas not once, but five times. This may seem astonishing, but van Gogh was not the spontaneous painter that legend would have us believe. On the contrary, when painting “The Drawbridge” he went about it almost like an Old Master. We know from letters he wrote to his brother Theo that he constructed a perspective frame with which he established the most appropriate ‘crop’ for the landscape. (Read more in Wallraf Richartz Museum, Köln)

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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