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The potato eaters, 1885

Oil on canvas mounted on panel
29 1/10 × 37 1/2 in
73.9 × 95.2 cm
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Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo
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The potato eaters' shows a peasant family partaking of their evening meal by the scanty light …

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The potato eaters' shows a peasant family partaking of their evening meal by the scanty light of an oil lamp. The painting is built up of wide, coarse brushstrokes. While paying little attention to detail, Van Gogh emphasises the light-dark effects all the more. The outer surrounding area of the painting, which is …

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Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853–1890
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Primarily self-taught and unappreciated during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh made over 900 paintings and 1,100 works on paper during the decade that he worked as an artist. Influenced by Jean-Francois Millet and the Barbizon School artists, van Gogh’s early work comprises dour portraits of Dutch peasants and depressing rural landscapes. In 1886-88 he moved to Paris, where Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism had a big impact on his painting. He brightened his palette, experimented with shorter brushstrokes, impasto, and complementary colors. The paintings he made in Paris announce the bolder Post-Impressionist style that he is best known for today. Emotionally unstable, humorless, and argumentative, van Gogh eventually had a breakdown and moved to an asylum in the south of France where he painted landscapes, portraits, interiors and still lifes steeped with personal symbolism.

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The potato eaters' shows a peasant family partaking of their evening meal by the scanty light …

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The potato eaters' shows a peasant family partaking of their evening meal by the scanty light of an oil lamp. The painting is built up of wide, coarse brushstrokes. While paying little attention to detail, Van Gogh emphasises the light-dark effects all the more. The outer surrounding area of the painting, which is …

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Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853–1890
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Primarily self-taught and unappreciated during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh made over 900 paintings and 1,100 works on paper during the decade that he worked as an artist. Influenced by Jean-Francois Millet and the Barbizon School artists, van Gogh’s early work comprises dour portraits of Dutch peasants and depressing rural landscapes. In 1886-88 he moved to Paris, where Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism had a big impact on his painting. He brightened his palette, experimented with shorter brushstrokes, impasto, and complementary colors. The paintings he made in Paris announce the bolder Post-Impressionist style that he is best known for today. Emotionally unstable, humorless, and argumentative, van Gogh eventually had a breakdown and moved to an asylum in the south of France where he painted landscapes, portraits, interiors and still lifes steeped with personal symbolism.

The potato eaters, 1885

Oil on canvas mounted on panel
29 1/10 × 37 1/2 in
73.9 × 95.2 cm
Permanent collection
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