Weaver – Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Weaver, 1884, Pencil, Watercolour and Ink on Paper

Nuenen, December 1883 – August 1884

In 1883 Vincent’s precarious finances became unbearable, forcing him to move once again into his parents’ home, in Nuenen, where they had lived since summer 1882. Fascinated by the working class he focused on the representation of industrious weavers and their looms, man and machine almost fused together.

A weaver sits, bent in concentration, over his loom, which fills almost the entire picture. Van Gogh devoted considerable attention to representing the machine accurately. It was hard, ‘because in the small rooms one can’t get far enough away to draw the loom’, he wrote to his brother, Theo.

Confident about the qualities of his weaver drawings he hoped to be able to sell them, which probably explains why he signed this drawing.

References: BRUG A. (2004), van Gogh, Munich: Prestel, Van Gogh Museum


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