Church, Zweeloo

An Old Church in a Sea of Young Wheat During his day trip to Zweeloo on 1 November 1883, Van Gogh recorded the village church in the drawing Shepherd with Flock near a Little Church at Zweeloo. He wrote to his brother: ‘I passed a little old church, just exactly, just exactly the church at […]

Orchard, Zweeloo

The Lime Tree by Van Gogh and Liebermann Van Gogh visited Zweeloo on 1 November. The following day he wrote briefly about a drawing he had made of an apple orchard. ‘So I started to make a sketch of the very apple orchard where Liebermann made his large painting.’ Van Gogh had visited Zweeloo mainly […]

Zweeloo Village

In Pursuit of Max Liebermann ‘Dear brother, Just wanted to tell you about a trip to Zweeloo, the village where Lieberman stayed for a long time,’ Van Gogh wrote to his brother on 2 November 1883. The previous day he had visited the picturesque village of Zweeloo, in the footsteps of the German painter Max […]

Route Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord naar Zweeloo

A Day Trip to Zweeloo On 1 November 1883 Van Gogh made a day trip from Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord to Zweeloo. He hitched a ride on the cart of Hendrik Scholte, his landlord, on his way to the market in Assen. He walked back on foot. He gave a detailed account of his outing in a letter […]

Environs of Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord

Back in Time From Hendrik Scholte’s boarding house in Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord, Van Gogh undertook several trips to explore his new surroundings. He felt he had gone back in time 40 years, and described to Theo an area where everything was far more unspoilt than he had ever seen before. His stay in Drenthe made him calm. […]

Former Drawbridge, Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord

A ‘very curious drawbridge’ When Van Gogh informed his brother Theo of his new accommodations in New Amsterdam, he also wrote that from his room he saw a ‘very curious drawbridge.’ A few weeks later he reported that he had made three large studies of it. One of them is the watercolour The Drawbridge in […]

Scholte Boarding House, Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord

Stay in Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord Vincent van Gogh arrived in Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord on 2 October 1883. He had boarded a barge in Hoogeveen and reached his destination at the end of the day. That same evening he wrote to Theo about the inn where he was staying in Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord. There he could rent a room with good light […]

Driftbrug, Zwinderen

Drawing on the Barge In early October 1883 Van Gogh travelled from Hoogeveen to Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord. He wrote to Theo about the journey, which he made by barge through the Verlengde Hoogeveense Vaart. To his letter he added a sheet with several sketches illustrating what he saw on the way (see illustration). The drawing at the […]

Waterway from Hoogeveen to Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord

An ‘endless trip through the heath on the barge.’ ‘How I wish that we could walk together here and — paint together. I believe that the countryside would win you over and convince you. … I thought about you again and again on this trip.’ This is what Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother […]

Cemetery, Pesse

Quiet and Subdued On 15 September 1883 Van Gogh visited a small cemetery near Hoogeveen and made a study of it. The next day he described to his brother Theo what the churchyard looked and smelled like and what colours he had seen: ‘The dark band of pines that encloses it separates a shimmering sky […]