Worn Out, 1882
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
'What a fine sight an old working man makes, in his patched bombazine suit with his bald head', Van Gogh wrote to his brother on 24 November 1882, with reference to this drawing. The old workman was Adrianus Zuyderland, resident of the Dutch Protestant Almshouse for Old Men and Women. In return for a small payment, various residents of the almshouse regularly spent a morning or afternoon posing for Van Gogh.