Weaver, Seen From the Front

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Weaver, Seen From the Front by Vincent van Gogh
Weaver, Seen From the Front
Oil on canvas
70 × 85 cm (27.5 × 33.5 in)
Kröller-Müller Museum
Painted May 1884, Nuenen
F 30, JH 479

"As regards the work, I’m doing a fairly large painting of a weaver — the loom straight on from the front — the little figure a dark little silhouette against the white wall."
Letter to Theo van Gogh, 30 April 1884

Again Vincent is excited to write to Theo and tell him of yet another composition of his much loved subject of weavers at work. In the same letter he notes the lighting the weaver is using, "I’ve seen them weaving by lamplight in the evening, which creates very Rembrandtesque effects. Nowadays they have a sort of hanging lamp..."

The Weaver: The Whole Loom, Facing Front

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