The exhausted subject of a newly ascribed Van Gogh sketch now embodies us all


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September 21, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Study on ‘Worn Out’”, around November 24, 1882, pencil on paper, 48.8 x approx. 30 centimeters. Courtesy of the Van Gogh Museum

Bent over, face hidden in the palms of the hands, the tired motif of a sketch recently attributed to Vincent van Gogh (before) picks up on the collective spirit of 2021. The incredibly forward-looking drawing entitled “Study for ‘Worn Out” “dates from 1882, during an early phase of the Dutch artist’s life when he spent some time in The Hague. A recurring model, the exhausted, older man was a resident of the Dutch Reformed Poor House for Men and Women, a place Van Gogh frequently visited when searching for subjects. “In drawings like this, the artist not only showed his sympathy for the socially disadvantaged, who in his eyes are in no way inferior to the affluent bourgeoisie.” a statement called. “He also actively drew attention to them.”

As the name suggests, the attributable pencil drawing is a preliminary reproduction of van Gogh’s recognizable “Worn“And also reminds of the lithography”At the gate of eternity. ”In view of its stature, the piece is a unique find in the artist’s oeuvre and follows the discovery of a bookmark in June it was hidden for more than a century.

“Study on ‘Worn Out’” can be seen in Van Gogh Museum by January 2, 2022, then it will be returned to the anonymous private collector who brought it to the Amsterdam institution to confirm its authenticity.

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