Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Chapel at Nuenen with10/3/2021, 12:45:17 PM
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Chapel at Nuenen with Churchgoers; or Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, October 1884, Oil on canvas, 42 x 32 cm, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam I've planned to go on with some of Russian painters this week, beforehand, but a recent pleasant event made me change my mind and postpone the plan. As most of us have already heard, the two paintings of Van Gogh, stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, have been recovered in Naples 3 days ago. So i decided to repost some of our page's old paintings from the Van Gogh's arly period, including one of those newly recovered pieces. I hope you like it.. In 1882 Van Gogh's father became pastor in Nuenen and the family lived at the vicarage at Nuenen, a small village in the North Brabant district of the Netherlands. After a stay in Drenthe for several months, Van Gogh moved to live with his parents in December 1883 and stayed there until May 1885. While in Nuenen Van Gogh worked on character studies of the local peasants. It was winter and there was little to be done in the fields, so Van Gogh was able to make connections to people through his father, a town minister. Van Gogh's mother, Anna van Gogh, was healing from a broken thighbone. In this period, Van Gogh wrote to his brother,Theo: "Taking her difficult situation into consideration, I am glad to say Mother's spirits are very even and bright. And she is amused by trifles. The other day I painted for her a little church with the hedge and the trees." The letter included a sketch with one person in front of the church, a peasant with a spade. X-rays of the painting indicate that Van Gogh later added church members and autumn leaves to the previously bare trees, which made the work more colorful. The changes were not likely made before the fall of 1885. Van Gogh may have added the woman in mourning and congregation members for his mother as a memorial for his father's death. The painting was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum on December 7, 2002, and as stated above, recovered finally recently on September 30th.