Water Mill at Gennep JH525


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Water Mill at Gennep by Vincent van Gogh (F 125, JH 525)
Water Mill at Gennep
Oil on canvas on cardboard
87 × 151 cm (34.25 × 59.5 in)
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Madrid
Spain
Europe
Painted November 1884, Nuenen
F 125, JH 525

One of three paintings Vincent did of this particular water mill in November 1884. Determined to finish this work despite the coming winter he wrote to Theo about the progress of the piece.

"These last few days it has been freezing quite hard here and I’ve been working outdoors on a large study, more than 1 meter, of an old water mill in Gennep, on the other side of Eindhoven. I want to finish the whole thing outdoors — but it will definitely be the last that I shall paint outdoors this year."
Letter to Theo van Gogh, circa 14 November 1884

Here we also see Vincent using several techniques he frequently turned to at this time, including almost always having figures in the landscape, backlighting that gives a darker appearance, and the contrast of a dark sky with a band of light breaking through.

The three paintings are all called Water Mill at Gennep and are as follows.

Water Mill at Gennep (F 46, JH 524)
Water Mill at Gennep (F 125, JH 525)
Water Mill at Gennep (F 47, JH 526)


PROVENANCE
C. Mouwen Jr., Breda;
Sale Mouwen, Amsterdam (F. Muller) 3 May 1904
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
Museum Boymans, Rotterdam (Anon. loan since December 1904);
Sale Rotterdam (Oldenzeel) 10 December 1918;
F. J. P. van der Eerden Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
C. Staib, Rotterdam (1927-8);
Regnault Jr., Laren;
E. Regnault, Laren (Until 1947);
Van Wisselingh Art Gallery, Amsterdam;
Private collection (Acquired 1947);
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.