Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Nuenen, September-October 1885
oil on canvas,
33.2 cm x 43 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
This house is the vicarage where Van Gogh's parents lived in Nuenen, in the Dutch province of North Brabant. He painted it after returning home to stay with them for a while. The vicarage is still standing.
The atmosphere in the Van Gogh home was often strained; Vincent was quick to take offence at his father's remarks. He had the feeling his family consisted mainly of 'people who keep up a position', he wrote. He didn't fit in, as 'a peasant painter – who doesn't think about it'.