Can You Name This Famous Painter?

Vincent Van Gogh, “The Garden of the Vicarage at Nuenen,” 1885, watercolor on paper, 38 x 49 cm. (c) The Het Noordbrabants Museum 2016

Can you imagine the excitement of acquiring a new work by a modern icon? A Dutch institution just landed this.  You’ll be surprised at who the maker was.

The Het Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, Holland, recently announced its acquisition of a brilliant watercolor by 19th-century painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Purchased from a private collection, “The Garden of the Vicarage at Nuenen” is a remarkable glimpse into Van Gogh’s creative mind without his iconic impasto style. Moreover, the piece is thought to be the last known watercolor Van Gogh produced in Nuenen between October and November 1885.

According to the museum, “Vincent van Gogh lived with his parents in the vicarage at Nuenen for nearly a year and a half. The garden behind the vicarage was one of his favorite spots, and he produced a number of works there, some of them very ambitious indeed. This watercolor occupies an important place in Van Gogh’s oeuvre. The purchase of the watercolor fits in with the intention of the province of Noord-Brabant to pursue a more active policy in the coming years to link Van Gogh more explicitly to Brabant. Interestingly, the new acquisition actually depicts one of the Van Gogh cultural heritage sites in Brabant. Het Noordbrabants Museum is the only museum in the southern part of the Netherlands to exhibit original works by Vincent van Gogh. The new acquisition will be added to the display in the Van Gogh pavilion. Owing to its fragility, the watercolor will now be shown only until 19 March 2017.”

To learn more, visit The Het Noordbrabants Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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