While Vincent Van Gogh’s Post Impressionist paintings are among the most famous and iconic artworks of all time, his graphic works are less known. Van Gogh’s complete oeuvre included a limited number of lithographs and etchings. The artist’s prints are more akin to his many ink drawings.
Gardener near a Gnarled Apple Tree. 1883, Transfer Lithograph
Digger. 1882. Transfer Lithograph
Van Gogh’s drawing style is often marked by his use of cross hatch and expressive line-work. Van Gogh made numerous black and white studies for his paintings, which consisted of old master copies and original works created en plein air. Van Gogh drew from a range of subjects including landscapes, portraits, still lifes and genre scenes. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Van Gogh was most interested in poor laborers or peasants, demonstrated in his copy of Millet’s “The Gleaners” or “The Potato Eaters.”
Old Man With His Head in His Hands. Lithograph. 1882
The Potato Eaters. Lithograph. 1885
Sorrow. Transfer Lithograph. 1882
Van Gogh became interested in printmaking in 1882. It is believed that Van Gogh only created ten, original graphic works. This portfolio consists of nine lithographs and one etching. Many of his graphic works have been reprinted since their original publication and are considered to be “after” instead of “by” Van Gogh.
Dr. Gachet. L’homme a pipe. 1890. Etching
Van Gogh’s only known etching is a portrait of Dr. Gachet titled “L’homme à la pipe” created in 1890. It was Gachet who first introduced Van Gogh to the printing process. Prints from the original edition are extremely rare as only sixty were pulled. First edition prints should have a stamp, which was added by Gachet’s son.