Vincent van Gogh - Rooftops 1882

Still Life with Pottery and Two Bottles 1884 Still Life with Pottery, Beer Glass and Bottle 1884 Still Life with Bottles and Earthenware 1884 Rooftops Beer Tankards 1884 The Poor and Money Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle 1884
Rooftops 1882

Rooftops 1882
39x55cm watercolor
Private collection. Sammlung G. Renand

<< Previous G a l l e r y Next >>

Van Gogh drew and painted with watercolors while at school; few of these works survive and authorship is challenged on some of those that do. When he committed to art as an adult, he began at an elementary level by copying the Cours de dessin, edited by Charles Bargue and published by Goupil & Cie. Within two years he had begun to seek commissioned. In Spring 1882, his uncle, Cornelis Marinus - owner of a renowned gallery of contemporary art in Amsterdam - asked him for drawings of the Hague. Van Gogh's work did not prove equal to his uncle's expectations. Marinus offered a second commission, this time specifying the subject matter in detail, but was once again disappointed with the result. Nevertheless, Van Gogh persevered. He improved the lighting of his studio by installing variable shutters and experimented with a variety of drawing materials. For more than a year he worked on single figures —highly elaborated studies in "Black and White", which at the time gained him only criticism. Today, they are recognized as his first masterpieces.