Vincent van Gogh is known for having one of the most iconic
The “new” pencil sketch, entitled Study for Worn Out, resembles other pieces of the Dutch master’s oeuvre, notably the drawing Worn Out and the painting At Eternity’s Gate. Like the others, it depicts an old man sitting in a chair and holding his head in his hands. “As a knowledge center dedicated to the work of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, we’re delighted with this discovery, with which we’ve again done justice to our specialist field,”
It came into possession of the Van Gogh Museum when a Dutch family requested that specialists take a look at their unsigned drawing. After some time, the staff formally recognized the piece as an official
“The artist began by drawing a grid on the paper, which tells us that he worked with a perspective frame to help him capture a figure quickly with the correct proportions,” Meedendorp continues. “He then worked the sheet up in his characteristically expressive drawing style: not refined, but with energetic scratches and strokes and laying down contours, in search of a pithy image with special attention to effects of light and shade.” In addition, the 9″ x 12″ sketch also features materials used in other Van Gogh drawings, including a carpenter’s pencil, thick watercolor paper, and a fixative of water and milk.
Study for Worn Out will be on display on the first floor of the
A newly identified Vincent van Gogh drawing is going on display for the first time at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
This sketch is similar to another drawing made by the Dutch artist entitled Worn Out, as well as a painting called Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity’s Gate).
It will be on view on the first floor of the Van Gogh Museum’s permanent collection until January 2, 2022.