Edge of a Wood

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Edge of a Wood by Vincent van Gogh
Edge of a Wood
Oil on canvas on panel
34.5 × 49 cm (13.5 × 19.25 in)
Kröller-Müller Museum
Painted August 1882, The Hague
F 192, JH 184

Another in a series of studies Vincent was pursuing in August of 1882. Though he saw himself as a painter of peasants and peasant life rather than a landscape artist, he spent much time at the seashore and woods around The Hague perfecting his ability to capture nature in paint. You can see much similarity between this painting and another done in the same month, Girl in the Woods (F 8a, JH 180). One thing that sets this painting apart from many of Vincent's landscapes is the lack of any person or animal in the scene, something he almost always included.

C. Mouwen, Jr., Breda;
Sale Mouwen, Amsterdam (F. Muller) 3 May 1904;
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
Sale The Hague (Beising) 1909;
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands.