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Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle by Vincent van Gogh

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A magnificent, early period still life by the iconic van Gogh

Key Features

  • A magnificent, early period still life by the iconic Vincent van Gogh
  • Executed while living in Nuenen, Belgium, a stylistically transitional phase of his career
  • This work, as all of his paintings, is a reflection of this troubled artistic genius
  • Canvas on panel
  • Circa 1884-1885
  • Canvas: 12" high x 16" wide; Frame: 19 1/2" high x 23 1/8" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 16; F: 23 1/8 Inches
  • Height:
    C: 12; F: 19 5/8 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
    Still Life
  • Artist:
    van Gogh, Vincent
Vincent van Gogh
1853-1890 Dutch

Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle

Canvas laid on panel

This magnificent still life is by Post-Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh. Entitled Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle, this oil painting displays his unmatched talent for using everyday items to create compositions of singular beauty. With thick impasto, heavy shadowing, and an intense palette, this exceptional work of art displays all the hallmarks of van Gogh's technique.

At the time he completed this remarkable still life, van Gogh was residing in Nuenen, Belgium. His works during this period reflected the personal crisis that would forever shape his career, including the years he spent as a lay preacher immersed in the plight of the sick and impoverished. With its somber palette and distinct perspective, this still life emanates deep emotion, reflecting the genius that is van Gogh.

This poignant still life provides a glimpse into the subconscious of the artist, having been heartbroken twice at this point in his life by the deaths of his love and his father, and suffering poor health as a result of his poverty. Van Gogh looks towards simple pleasures, such as tobacco and wine, as a source of immediate comfort. Meanwhile, his faith remained an overarching, yet less tangible, means of support. For some artists, the still life was mere technical exercise, but for van Gogh they speak of his artistic ambition, as evidenced by the current offering. 

Circa 1884-1885

Canvas: 12" high x 16" wide
Frame: 19 5/8" high x 23 1/8" wide

C. Mouwen, Jr., Breda;
Kunstall Oldenzeel, Rotterdam;
H. P. Bremmer (1871-1956) and hie heirs, The Hague;
H. P. Bremmer's, Erben;
Zurich, Galerie Klopfer, 1983;
Zurich, Galerie Koller, catalogue 25 May 1984, no. 5111

R. Jacobsen, Onze Kunst, no. 7, 2e Jaargang, Juli, 'Kunstzaal Oldenzeel, p. 60
R. Jacobsen, L'Art Flamand et Hollandais, 1904, vol. II, 'Une Exposition van Gogh a Groningue,' pp. 13-20
H. P. Bremmer, Vincent van zijn Hollandsche perlode, Amsterdam, 1907
H. P. Bremmer, Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, 1911
Jacob Bart de La Faille, L'Oeuvre de Vincent Van Gogh: Catalogue Raisonne, aris and Brussels, 1928 volume I, p. 26, no. 55, reproduced;
Walther Vanbeselaere, De Hollandsche Periode (1880-1885) in het Werk van Vincent van Gogh, Anvers, 1937, pp. 284-286, 330, 347, 349, 414
Jacob-Baart de La Faille, Vincent Van Gogh, Paris Hyperion, 1939, p. 70, no. 59, reproduced
W. jose de Gruyter, De Wereld van van Gogh, 1953, pp. 20-21
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Vincent Van Gogh...edited by Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and...a catalogue of the literature published from 1890 through Charles Mattoon Brooks, Jr., New York, reprint 1966, pp. 45, part II, pp. 15, 32, 33, 49
The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh...volume two, Greenwich, Connecticut, s.d., pp. 332-333, letter no. 387
Jacob Bart de La Faille, The Works of Vincent Van Gogh; His Paintings and Drawings, Amsterdam 1970, p. 62, no. F55, reproduced
Lecaldano, Paolo; Tout l'oeuvre peint de Van Gogh, 1881-1888, Paris, Flammarlon, 1971, pp. 97 and 99, no. 75 reproduced
Jan Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, 1980, pp. 124-125, reproduced
Carom M. Zemel, The formation of a Legend: Van Gogh Criticism, 1890-1920, UMI Research Press, 1980, pp. 50-52, 169-170
Griselda Pollock, Vincent van Gogh in zijn Hollandse jaren, Amsterdam, Rijksmseum, Vincent van Gogh, December 1980-March 22, 1981, pp. 137-138
Noordbrabants Museum, Van Gogh in Brabnt, 's-Hertogenbosch, November 2 1987- Jan 10, 1988, pp. 230-234 for a discussion of the still-lives he painted in Nuenen
Ingo F. Walther and Rainer Metzger, Vincent Van Gogh: L'Oeuvre complete, peinture vol. I Koln, 1990, p. 61 reprod
The Age of Van Gogh, Dutch Painting, 1880-1895, 1990-1991, p. 11 for a biography of H. P. Bremmer
Giovanni Testori and Luisa Arrigoni, Van Gogh: Catalogue Complet des Peintures, Paris, 1991, p. 44, no. 75, reproduced p. 45
Jan Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, 1996, no. 532, reproducedExhibitions:
1903, Rotterdam, Kunstzalen Oldenzeel, May
1950, The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Verzameling H. P. Bremmer, March 9 - April 23
1950, catalogue introduction by H. E. Van Gelder, no. 33
1955, Antwerp, Zaal Comite voor Artistieke Werking, Tentoonstelling Vincent van Gogh en zijn Hollandse Tijdgenoten, preface by Mark Edo Tralbaut, no. 7
1957, Luxembourg, Musee de l'Etat, Liege, Musee des Beaux Arts, Natures Mortes Hollandaises, 1550-1950, introduction by A. B. de Vries, no. 25, reproduced, p. 41
1957, Essen, Villa Hugel, Vincent van Gogh, no. 188
1960, Paris, Musee Jacquemart Andre, Vincent van Gogh, fevrier-mai, 1960, no. 9 

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