Agostina Bajo Moreno asks whether Vincent van Gogh painted sitting or standing. Read on for the answer.
Vincent didn’t own an easel in his initial years as an artist, so he pinned his painting paper to a drawing board. He sometimes even worked kneeling down outside. On 20 August 1882 he wrote:
‘Because I had started before the storm on my knees with a low horizon, I now had to kneel down in the mud […].’
Vincent got his hands on his first portable easel in 1882, a simple model that could fit in his cramped studio and was light enough to take outside.
In his Self-portrait as a Painter, we do also see Vincent standing, his head emerges way above the easel. When it came to drawing, Van Gogh did remain seated.