Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, April-May 1888
pencil, pen and reed pen and ink, on paper,
25.8 cm x 34.6 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
In the spring of 1888, Van Gogh spent a lot of time drawing. He was then living in the southern French city of Arles. He made this drawing in the park in front of the Yellow House, where he became a tenant on 1 May. He used a thin pen for the grass and a thicker one for the shrubs. The direction of the pen strokes also differs for each type of vegetation. This gives each one its own distinct character.
Van Gogh used reed pens that he made himself. He found the reeds along the canals around the city. Reed pens create an aesthetically pleasing result, but it's not easy to draw with them. That's why he practiced a great deal.