A Girl in the Street, Two Coaches in the Background

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A Girl in the Street, Two Coaches in the Background
Oil on paper on panel
42 × 53 cm (16.5 × 20.75 in)
Signed in lower right: Vincent
Mrs. L. Jäggli-Hahnloser Collection
Villa Flora Winterthur
Painted August 1882, The Hague
F 13, JH 179

This is one of the early paintings that Vincent has signed. He did not sign many of them, only when satisfied with the result, an infrequent feeling for the artist. It is interesting that even this early on Vincent signed only his first name. In a March 1888 letter to Theo from Vincent, while he was living in Arles, France, he provides a reason for using only his first name.

"...in future my name must be put in the catalogue the way I sign it on the canvases, i.e. Vincent and not Vangogh, for the excellent reason that people here wouldn’t be able to pronounce that name."
To Theo van Gogh, 25 March 1888

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Note also that there are varying images of this painting available, some darker and some much more bright. Above find the darker image typical of much of Vincent's earlier work, and below the provenance information is the brighter image also commonly published.

Girl in the Street, Two Coaches in the Background;
A Coach Stand

A. Hahnloser, Winterthur (Purchased before 1913 from an anonymous Dutch miller);
Mrs. L. Jäggli-Hahnloser, Winterthur.

Alternate Image
A Girl in the Street, Two Coaches in the Background by Vincent van Gogh, Alternate Brighter Image