Two Women in a Wood

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Two Women in a Wood
Oil on paper on panel
31 × 24.5 cm (12.25 × 9.75 in)
Private collection
Painted August 1882, The Hague
F 1665, JH 181

Theo van Gogh had recently given Vincent money for oil paints and he used them to create seven works on paper as primed canvas was too expensive at the time. This is one of the seven and shows a sensitivity for the subject and the medium, which excited him. In an August 1882 letter he mentions his enjoyment and the financial worry when he tells his brother "I'm enjoying it so much, Theo, that I'll have to restrain rather than push myself because of the costs." Just two days later he writes his friend the painter Anthon van Rappard and continues "'I find painting so appealing that I'll have to make a great effort not to paint all the time. It's rather more manly than watercolour, and has more poetry to it." In these new works Vincent seems to have been pleased with the results and found a direction, oil painting, to take his always zealous enthusiasm.
To Theo van Gogh, 10-11 August 1882
To Anthon van Rappard, 13 August 1882

Two Women in a Wood sold at auction for US $689,000 including buyer's premium on 5 November 2013 with Bonham's Auctions, New York.

Two Women in the Woods

Dr H.P. Bremmer, The Hague;
P. Salavin, Paris;
Ivo Bouwman, The Hague;
Frances Aronson Gallery, Atlanta;
Private collection, owner unknown, Paris (1967).