Drawings by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh •; Drawings

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Vincent van Gogh drew thousands of images to improve his skills and to spend his free time. The following extract on the drawings of Van Gogh comes from a letter that Vincent wrote in 1880, at the age of 27, to his brother Theo. "Well, in spite of the depths of misery I felt, I resuscitated my energy and I said to myself, I will overcome it somehow, I will begin to work again with my pencil that I had set aside in my deep dejection, and draw again, and from that moment I have had the feeling that everything has changed for me, and now I am in my lead and my pencil has become slightly more helper and seems to be becoming even more for the day. Van Gogh is recognized primarily for its vibrant use of color, his drawings are exceptional because his representation of figures, light and landscape can be appreciated in his own right but the color that distracts the eye.

Van Gogh's drawings were mainly made in pencil, black chalk, red chalk, blue chalk, bamboo pen and charcoal, although he frequently mixed several mediums while drawing. The following are some examples:

Van Gogh drew on a variety of paper types. Ingres paper, punched paper, and parchment paper were some of the more common types. Although drawing was less expensive than painting, Van Gogh used some available material. For example, her drawing Peasant Woman, sitting half-figure was drawn in an envelope.

Van Gogh was happy when he drew, but he doubted his abilities. In a letter to Theo in 1880, Van Gogh wrote,

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"I can not express the joy of drawing again. I thought about it for a long time and I considered it impossible or beyond my abilities. "

For more information on some of Van Gogh's most famous drawings, click on the links below or to look at a complete list of all Van Gogh drawings. From this list you can select a drawing by name to see it on the screen.

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The source of the letter: Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written the 24 of September of 1880 in Cuesmes. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, published in The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh , Editorial: Bulfinch, 1991, number 136.