"Blanchisserie à Scheveningen" Bleachery at Scheveningen (recto); "Femme de Scheveningen" Woman from Scheveningen (verso)

Object Details

Title:

"Blanchisserie à Scheveningen" Bleachery at Scheveningen (recto); "Femme de Scheveningen" Woman from Scheveningen (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 - 1890)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1882

Medium:

Watercolor heightened with white gouache

Dimensions:

31.8 x 54 cm (12 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.)

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"I also did a bleaching ground at Scheveningen right on the spot, washed in at one sitting, almost without preparation, on a piece of very coarse Torchon [paper]," Vincent van Gogh wrote on 26 July 1882.

Displaying his early accomplishment after only six months of working in and around The Hague, the recto and verso of this drawing together offer a fascinating glimpse into van Gogh's working process. He probably began by drawing the Scheveningen woman on the verso. Possibly dissatisfied with its murky effect, he may also have cut down the sheet to its current dimensions. Recycling the high-quality Torchon paper, he turned the sheet over and painted this luminous scene in watercolors as he watched the women at work in the field.

With the whites blowing from the fence, van Gogh retained the freshness of the moment and created a sense of motion within an otherwise still landscape. Divergent and well-observed details combine into a single overall scheme, conveying a sense of open outdoor space. Masterfully handling a difficult medium, van Gogh revealed the luminosity of watercolor and hinted at the expressiveness and colorful palette of his art to come.

Provenance
1884

Miss Margot Begemann (Neunen, Netherlands), gift from the artist

Miss C.M.C. Begemann (Amstelveen, Netherlands), by gift from her aunt, the previous owner.

1956

Stedelijk Museum, on loan

A. Buysman (Noordwijk, Netherlands)

W. Brinkman (Schipluiden, Netherlands)

Private Collection (France) [Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 1984, lot 103]

Didier Imbert Fine Art S.A., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998.

Exhibitions
Vincent van Gogh [Vlaardingen] (March 27 to April 19, 1953) (recto)
  • De Visbank, Vlaardingen, March 27 to April 19, 1953
Vincent van Gogh. Leben und Schaf Dokumentation, Gemälde, Zeichnungen (October 16 to December 15, 1957) (138; recto)
  • Villa Hügel, (Essen), October 16 to December 15, 1957
Vincent van Gogh [1960] (February to March 1960) (84; recto)
  • Musée Jacquemart-André, (Paris), February to March, 1960
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
To Create a Living Art: 19th Century Drawings (May 1 to July 15, 2001) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 1 to July 15, 2001
The Prismatic Palette: Four Centuries of Watercolors (October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009
The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters (January 23 to April 18, 2010) (15; recto)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 23 to April 18, 2010
Becoming Van Gogh: His Years in Paris, 1886-1888 (October 20, 2012 to January 20, 2013) (Cat. 23; recto)
  • Denver Art Museum, (Denver), October 20, 2012 to January 20, 2013