Wood Gatherers in the Snow


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Wood Gatherers in the Snow by Vincent van Gogh
Wood Gatherers in the Snow
Oil on canvas on panel
67 × 126 cm (26.5 × 49.5 in)
Private collection
Yoshino Gypsum Foundation
Tokyo
Japan
Asia
Painted September 1884, Nuenen
F 43, JH 516

Another of the series of paintings Vincent did in late 1884, out of the weaver's cottages and in the fields where he used much more color in capturing the labors of the peasants. This particular piece is owned by a company in Japan but may be on display at a museum in Yamagata. It is not clearly stated on their website if this is the case.

This work was one of six Vincent was painting in a deal with a local wealthy merchant, Anthonius (Antoon) Petrus Hermans. The man had initially wanted six painting of saints but Vincent convinced him to consider instead scenes of the local farmers performing different tasks in each of the seasons. Strangely Vincent was to paint these and Hermans was going to copy them himself onto his dining room walls as decorations, and Vincent would be allowed to keep the completed paintings. Right from the start Vincent had more expenses for paints and canvas than income from the job. He also began teaching Hermans and several other local people to paint, hoping eventually to have them pay him in paints so he could produce more work.

The four known paintings in the series are listed here.

Farmers Planting Potatoes (F 41, JH 513)
Potato Planting (F 172, JH 514)
Wood Gatherers in the Snow (F 43, JH 516)
Shepherd with a Flock of Sheep (F 42, JH 517)

There were also works showing a sower and a wheat harvest that are unknown.

PROVENANCE
C. Mouwen, Jr., Breda;
Sale Mouwen, Amsterdam (F. Muller) 3 May 1904);
Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
G. Ribbius Peletier, Utrecht (1905);
Mrs. A. L. Ubbens-Peletier, Haren;
Mrs. L. Schokking-Ribbius, Doorn (1969);
Private collection (Yoshino Gypsum Foundation) Possibly displayed at Yamagata Art Museum, Yamagata, Japan.