The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Drents Museum in Assen have bought a painting by Vincent van Gogh together. The work will be displayed alternately in both museums.
This is a Weed Burning Farmer from 1883, which the 30-year-old painter made during a stay in Drenthe.
Van Gogh was painting for a year with oil paint and still looking for his style as a painter. He made the work, in which a lonely figure is shown on a deserted plain at dusk, because he was so impressed by the landscape.
In a letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh made four sketches of paintings and wrote an explanation. "Here were a few evening effects - I am still sitting on that weed burner, which I have a better tone in a painted study than in the past, so that it gives more the greatness of the plain and the nightfall and the fire some spot of light is with some smoke. I always went outside to look for it in the evening. "
Van Gogh is said to have made at least eighteen paintings during the three months in Drenthe, but in 2019 only five of them are in circulation, including the work that will soon be on display in Dutch museums. Three other works can now be seen in the Van Gogh Museum and the other painting is in the Drents Museum.