The Cottage, 1885

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 65.5 X 79 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 83

This old peasant’s cottage, seen at dusk, gives a peaceful, idyllic picture of rural life. Van Gogh was fascinated by such peasant dwellings, which he called ‘human nests.’ This cottage, with its double front doors and split chimney, actually housed two families. One of them was the De Groots, who posed for The Potato Eaters.

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