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 on panel
48 × 61 cm (19 × 24 in)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek
Munich
Germany
Europe
Painted July 1884, Nuenen
F 27, JH 503

"I had just the same thing this summer with a weaver’s interior that I couldn’t take any further because the whole thing came too far forward, that the painting began with what should have been the background — the foreground, the solid basis, was missing."
Letter to fellow artist Anthon van Rappard, 21 September 1884

Vincent was ultimately unhappy with the composition he chose for this work, feeling there was no foreground and the painting suffered for it. An interesting detail to note is the windmill viewed through the window, an early addition of a structure he was to paint many times in his career. As Vincent was a Dutchman this should be no surprise.

ALSO KNOWN AS
Weaver, Facing Front

PROVENANCE
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
W. Smith, Rotterdam;
A. P. van Hoey Smith, Rotterdam (1927-8);
Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (Bequest of A. P. van Hoey Smith (1930).