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A tile factory
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A tile factory


Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Pen and brown ink over graphite on wove paper

Height: 25.6 cm; Width: 34.8 cm;

Pen and brown ink, verso, 174

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
Van Gogh made this drawing of a tile factory at the edge of a ploughed field during his sojourn in Arles in 1888. Using reed pens of varying thickness, he rendered the scene with a wide range of marks similar to those used in his paintings, from short flecks suggesting leaves or stubble in the foreground to thinner lines denoting the factory roof.

The drawing was carefully planned. A grid, drawn in pencil, is faintly visible underneath the ink. Van Gogh probably used it to establish the perspective (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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