Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, June-July 1889
pencil, reed pen and pen and ink, on paper,
62.3 cm x 47.1 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Vincent made this drawing for his brother Theo. The subject was as 'commonplace' as a cheap colour print, he wrote: a bench next to a rosebush under the trees, like one of those 'eternal nests of greenery for lovers'. But he didn't leave it at that. In his own words, he put in some 'style'. What he meant by this was that his style of painting had allowed him to rise above the banality of the subject.
The drawing is based on a painting he'd made a few months earlier (the present location of which is unknown).