Anita Willemse asks whether any of Vincent’s childhood drawings have stood the test of time. Read on for the answer.
Although Van Gogh’s mother was quite a good drawer, Vincent wasn’t blessed with exceptional natural ability as a draughtsman. Nor did he show particular interest in drawing or painting at school. There aren’t any childhood drawings, but a few of Van Gogh’s early drawings have stood the test of time, from when he worked at The Hague branch of the Goupil art dealership (1869-1873).
Vincent drew these studies of the Lange Vijverberg (a street in The Hague) between autumn 1872 and spring 1873. We can tell it’s wintertime because of the bare trees.