Basket with Potatoes, 1885

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 44.5 X 60 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 100

This dark still life is a tonal exercise; that is, a study of the effects which can be achieved using varying shades of a limited number of colors. In addition, Van Gogh also sought to give a realistic depiction of the potatoes, with both solidity and ‘weight.’ Some of the potatoes, however, still appear to float up towards the surface.

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