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Een mannenfiguur, in 1882 door Vincent van Gogh getekend

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A recently discovered pencil drawing by Van Gogh (Fig. I), which has always been in private possession, shows a man standing with arms folded. It bears the signature Vincent at bottom right (Fig. 2). The drawing, in poor condition when discovered and clearlycut down at the top, has been thoroughly restored and laid down (Fig. 3). Details of the costume of the fiure can be paralleled in drawings of Van Gogh's Hague period (December 1881-September 1883) and a figure in precisely the same pose turns up in a highly detailed drawing of a Schevenitigen fish-drying shed dated May, 1882 (Fig. 4, Note 3). Our drawing may perhaps have served as a model for this. In style it is close to the topographical drawings in pencil that Van Gogh was working on in March and April 1882 to a commission from his art-dealer uncle (Note 5), particularly in the way the composition is built up by means of hatching. This dating is further supported by the similarity of our figure to those in two such topographical works dated March 1882 (Figs. 5 and 6, Notes 6 and 7). Only a few drawings of single figures are known from this period, which makes this discovery particularly welcome.


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