Weaver, Interior with Three Small Windows


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Weaver, Interior with Three Small Windows by Vincent van Gogh
Weaver, Interior with Three Small Windows
Oil on canvas
61 × 93 cm (24 × 36.75 in)
Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo
Netherlands
Europe
Painted July 1884, Nuenen
F 37, JH 501

Vincent described this work in a letter to Theo... "...an interior with 3 little windows that look out on the yellowish foliage, which contrasts with the blue of the cloth that’s being woven on the loom and the weaver’s smock, which is another blue again."
Letter to Theo van Gogh, circa 2 July 1884

Most images of this painting are either black and white, washed out, or a dingy yellowed tone. Here you can see the blue of the cloth and smock Vincent describes, which is important as Vincent was already well aware of the use of contrasting colors in his art, particularly blue and yellow. He wrote further about this in a letter to a fellow artist four years later.

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange, and if you put in blue, then you must put in yellow, and orange too, mustn't you?"
Letter to artist Emile Bernard, circa 6-11 June 1888

See our montage of blues and yellows in Vincent's art here.

ALSO KNOWN AS
The Weaver: Interior with Three Windows

PROVENANCE
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
L. C. Enthoven, Voorburg, Netherlands;
Sale Enthoven, Amsterdam (F. Muller) 18 May 1920;
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands.