Artist Marcel van Eeden (The Hague, 1965) has always had great admiration for and an interest in Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh’s drawing Gasworks, made in The Hague in March 1882, inspired him to create an entirely new series of work, consisting of imposing charcoal drawings on canvas and a series of black-and-white photographs.
The gas factory in The Hague was a logical choice for Van Eeden: the place where he was born often plays an important role in his work. Also his flat is around the corner from the original location of the now demolished factory.
With his drawings, Van Eeden always reconstructs places and events from before his birth. In doing so, he tries to draw near to a certain moment when he himself did not exist. In this case, the early spring day in 1882 when Van Gogh recorded the gasworks on the outskirts of The Hague on paper.