Farmhouse With Stacks of Peat

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Farmhouse With Stacks of Peat by Vincent van Gogh
Farmhouse With Stacks of Peat
Oil on canvas on panel
37.5 × 55.5 cm (14.5 × 22 in)
Van Gogh Museum
Painted November 1883, Nieuw-Amsterdam, Drenthe
F 22, JH 421

In November 1883 Vincent sent this painting along with five other studies, as he called them, to his brother Theo. He mentions this particular one in the letter but more interesting are his comments regarding his time spent living in Drenthe. "But what a relief it would be for me if I could settle in these parts permanently. The rent is very low; if one only had company it would be such a wonderful thing to rent a peasant cottage and to arrange everything solidly and less precariously than in an inn." At this point he is still speaking fondly of the area, surely enjoying painting the local landscapes, but he continues and reveals his loneliness. "Taking a house alone is so very melancholy and cold."
To Theo van Gogh, circa 12-13 November 1883

Perhaps Vincent had dreams of remaining in Drenthe and living as a peasant but it was not to be, and within a month's time he was to move to live with his parents in Nuenen.

The Hut
Farm With Stacks of Peat
Farmhouse With Peat Stacks

Mrs. J. van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam;
V. W. van Gogh, Laren;
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, Netherlands.