The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh

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The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh

Artist: Vincent van Gogh (1853 -1890)

Nationality: Dutch

Completion Date: 1885

Style: Realism

Genre: Genre painting

Media: Oil on canvas

Location: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

For The Potato Eaters, Van Gogh’s first major work, he wanted to depict peasants as they really were. He thus chose coarse and ugly models, so they would look as natural as possible in the final work. He made sketches of the work and sent them to his brother, who helped Van Gogh make adjustment in the composition. As far as two years after Van Gogh completed this painting, he considered it his finest work. This painting has also been a main target for art thieves, who have stolen it not once, but twice times. An early version of the painting was stolen in 1988, but later returned with no ransom, and again in 1991, when it was…

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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