Garden of a bath-house, 1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Reed pen in brown ink, pencil on wove paper, 61 x 49 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 1457
In de tuin Kunisada, In the garden
Zonnebloemen Sunflowers

From August to October 1888 Van Gogh worked on a series of drawings of parks and gardens in the town of Arles. The series begins with three imposing drawings of summer gardens, which include this highly successful work. Van Gogh has drawn a number of sunflowers amongst the luxuriant growth of the flowerbed. The artist became so inspired by this bloom that he produced seven paintings of the subject. He painted four of these works in August 1888, the month in which he also drew this scene.

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Stipples and signature

Van Gogh laid out the drawing directly with reed pen and used an enormous variety of pen marks. The sky is filled with dense stippling. Although a Japanese print from the Van Gogh brothers’ collection depicts the same garden motif, Van Gogh’s style recalls pointillism, a painting technique that builds up a scene using various coloured dots. The stippled sky in this drawing effectively evokes the shimmering summer heat in Provence.

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