Erwin Adema asks how long Van Gogh took to complete a painting. Have a look at the answer.
That varied quite a bit. Vincent was always a relatively quick painter, but he did need more time to complete a painting in his early years as an artist in the Netherlands (1880-1885) than later in his career. Back then, he was getting to grips with colour theories, perspective and the entire range of artistic principles.
He put a great deal of preparation into The Potato Eaters, his first large figure study, working on dozens of preparatory studies. The final painting took ‘many days’ to complete, spread over a longer period of time. However, during the last two months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent completed a painting every day.