Vincent van Gogh

While staying in Etten van Gogh suffered from a passionate unreciprocated love affair. He was rejected by his widowed cousin, Kee Vos, and the family were unsympathetic to his pain. In a moment of great depression after the collapse of his amourous hopes van Gogh moved to Hague just before Christmas 1881. He began to take lessons from the painter Anton Mauve. He had been making clumsy drawings of peasants toiling in the fields near his home; these were full of feeling and strength but he was only really successful in capturing the harsh moody landscape. Throughout 1882 Mauve was very sympathetic to him but eventually the patience of the volatile van Gogh snapped when, as a discipline, he was instructed by Mauve to copy plaster casts of antique statuary in order to improve his draughtsmanship. He simply refused to do the work and when Mauve was unrelenting in his instruction, van Gogh began systematically to destroy each of the casts. After this outburst he ceased to attend Mauve's classes.

Fishing in the Spring,
Pont de Clichy

The Langlois Bridge at Arles
with Women Washing

Pink Peach Tree
in Blossom

Couple in the Voyer
d'Argenson Park at Asnières

Interior of a

La Crau with Peach
Trees in Blossom

Blossoming Almond Tree

Portrait of
Père Tanguy




Impressionism Gallery