Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
During his stay in Hoogeveen, in the province of Drenthe, Van Gogh went on long trips through the surrounding moors. There he painted this atmospheric study of farm cottages and outbuilding. The modest dwelling rises dark from the bare plain, set against the lighter evening sky. This effect would often recur in his later work.
Van Gogh stayed in Drenthe for three months, greatly impressed by the empty landscape. He was also fascinated by the impoverished inhabitants, although his attempts to find models to pose for him were largely unsuccessful.