Two Rats

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Two Rats
Oil on panel
29.5 × 41.5 cm (11.5 × 16.25 in)
Private collection
Painted November 1884, Nuenen
F 177, JH 543

Little can be found of this work in reference materials. It seems to have no mention in Vincent's letters but does have a solid provenance that tells us it surely is a van Gogh. Vincent did paint animals many times, and as the weather was getting cold with winter approaching, perhaps these rats provided models that were always difficult to find.

Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
M. Gieseler, The Hague (1910-1);
Sale Gieseler, Amsterdam (Mak van Waay) 27 October 1925;
W. van Beuningen, Utrecht;
Mrs. Ch. E. van Beuningen-Fentener van Vlissingen, Wassenaar (1969);
Auction Christie's, New York (19 May 1981);
Private collection.