Discover Van Gogh’s Drenthe period
June 9, 2022
Painter of the peasants
What Van Gogh saw in Drenthe would remain with him throughout his life. The hard life in the peat bogs and the purity of the inhabitants made him even more steadfast in his goal: Van Gogh wanted to become a painter of peasants. He wanted to fathom life in the country in all its facets and understand the characteristics of its inhabitants to the core. In doing so he was in no way held back by the prevailing customs and fashions of the art world. Van Gogh followed his own path and the months he spent in isolation in Drenthe convinced him even more of his vocation. The drawings and paintings from the Drenthe period, if only a handful, show Van Gogh's toil with light effects and shapes, as well as his search for his own style.
First exhibition ever
Never before has the Drenthe period been the subject of a major exhibition. Van Gogh in Drenthe takes you along on Van Gogh's Drenthe adventure. Through his letters, the painter takes us on a quest for happiness as a person and success as an artist. We follow him in his wanderings through the Drenthe of 1883 and what life was like then. Light is shed on his sources of inspiration and the Drenthe work of contemporaries. The significance of the Drenthe period in his oeuvre is also highlighted. Until now, the Drenthe chapter in Van Gogh's life has often been overlooked or only mentioned in passing. This project will change that and forever add the Drenthe period to the artist's life story. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated publication presenting new research.
The Drents Museum, the Drents Archive and Het Drentse Landschap, investigated the heritage sites of Van Gogh in Drenthe. Please visit the website for more information.
The exhibition Van Gogh in Drenthe will be on display at the Drents Museum from 11 September 2023 until 7 January 2024.