Cluster of Old Houses With the New Church in The Hague


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Cluster of Old Houses With the New Church in The Hague by Vincent van Gogh
Cluster of Old Houses With the New Church in The Hague
Oil on canvas on cardboard
35 × 25 cm (13.75 × 9.75 in)
Private collection
France
Europe
Painted August 1882, The Hague
F 204, JH 190

There was some confusion in the past as one researcher believed this small painting to be Willebrordus Church in Antwerp, and that Vincent painted this while living there in November or December of 1885. Now it is more certain that this painting was done in August 1882 and the subject is the New Church in The Hague.

Since this work has been in a private collection since 1968 the only photographs available are over a half-century old. Image quality varies and some photos show the work as above, darker and more somber, while others are brighter with a yellow toned sky. Vincent's early work was often a bit dark but he did have a strong penchant for yellow, so we have included the second version below the provenance details.

PROVENANCE
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
Jan Smit, Kinderdijk, Netherlands (1905);
Sale Amsterdam (Mark van Waay) 10 February 1919;
L. J. Smit, Kinderdijk, Netherlands;
Sale New York (Parke-Bernet) 20 November 1968;
Private collection, owner unknown, France.

Alternate Image

Cluster of Old Houses With the New Church in The Hague by Vincent van Gogh, Alternate Brighter Image