Beach at Scheveningen in Calm Weather


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Beach at Scheveningen in Calm Weather
Oil on paper on panel
35.5 × 49.5 cm (14 × 19.5 in)
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Winona, MN
U.S.A.
North America
Painted August 1882, The Hague
F 2, JH 173

Theo visited Vincent in The Hague and gave him money for oil colors. Soon he visited the beach and painted the seashore with a brighter palette than in many of the earlier works. In a letter written to Theo on the 10th and 11th of August 1882 Vincent describes the outing,

"...have just got back with a fairly large painted study of sand, sea and sky, and a few fishing-boats and men on the beach. There’s still dune sand in it, and I assure you this won’t be the last one. I thought you’d be pleased that I’ve tackled this."
To Theo van Gogh, 10-11 August 1882

Vincent also included a sketch of the beach at Scheveningen in the letter.



PROVENANCE
C. Mouwen, Jr., Breda;
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
H. van Kempen, Amsterdam (1903-1929);
Mrs. H. van Ogtrop-van Kempen, Aalst, Netherlands (1929, 1965);
Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN, Loan.