Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), Woman (Sien) at stove, 1882
Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum
From the museum website
To coincide with the publication of the catalogue ‘The drawings and prints by Vincent van Gogh in the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum’ the museum is displaying a large part of its collection of drawings by Van Gogh. The exhibition The riddle of ‘Double Ingres’ – Van Gogh’s drawings in the Kröller-Müller Museum reconsidered can be seen from 11 October 2007 until 27 January 2008. Because the drawings are extremely sensitive to light and can be displayed for limited periods only, now is the moment to see them.
Containing more than a hundred drawings, the exhibition – like the catalogue – charts Van Gogh’s development from the moment he decided to become an artist. The drawings are grouped to show his growing mastery of materials such as pencil, chalk and ink as well as the principles of perspective and his artistic expression. The exhibition’s title comes from a discovery made during research into the various sorts of paper used by Van Gogh and their watermarks. Discover the riddle’s solution in the exhibition.
On the same day as the exhibition opening, 11 October, the book ‘The drawings and prints by Vincent van Gogh in the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum’ will be presented. This catalogue contains fascinating descriptions of Van Gogh’s works on paper and illustrations of the highest standard. It follows Van Gogh’s development as a draughtsman from the moment he decided to become an artist in the Belgian mining region ‘de Borinage’ through his stay in Saint-Rémy in the south of France – where he produced such beautiful drawings as Blooming rose bushes in the garden of the asylum – until his time in Auvers-sur-Oise.
Many of the drawings displayed Van Gogh’s great urge to experiment with materials and techniques. The catalogue provides the most up-to-date information about all 182 works on paper by Van Gogh in the collection. It incorporates the results of recent art-historical research into the date, provenance, authenticity and exhibition history of each work.
This is the first time that a study has been devoted solely to Van Gogh’s drawings in the collection. In 2003 the museum published a catalogue of the museum’s collection of Van Gogh’s paintings. The two volumes make the most recent research into Van Gogh’s work available to all. The book has been written by Teio Meedendorp and is published by Thieme GrafiMedia Groep in Dutch and English editions.