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Mauve's studio
The Hague, The Netherlands

  • November 27, 1881 - December 21, 1881

The artist Anton Mauve (1838–1888) was married to a cousin of Vincent’s, Ariëtte “Jet” Carbentus (1856–1894). The first time Vincent mentioned visiting Mauve in his letters was in the week of 26 August 1881. Their immediate interest in each other is evident in the letter:

“I spent an afternoon and part of an evening at Mauve’s and saw many beautiful things in his studio. My own drawings interested Mauve more. He gave me a great many suggestions, which I’m glad of, and I’ve sort of arranged to pay him another visit fairly soon when I have some more studies.”

Vincent did so. In December 1881, he spent three weeks studying with Mauve and working in his studio every day. Mauve had actually been supposed to visit him in Etten, but when this failed to happen, Vincent boldly suggested:

“would you approve if I were to come and trouble you for a good month or so – then when that time is up I’ll be past the first petty vexations of painting and will go back to Het Heike.’’

Mauve agreed, and he immediately put together some arrangements for Vincent to use to paint still lifes. And so Vincent made his first oil paintings, depicting wooden shoes and other objects.

After three weeks of intensive practice in Mauve’s studio, Vincent returned to Etten, but he argued with his father at Christmas. So he gathered his things, returned to The Hague, and presented himself at Mauve’s once more. Within a week, Vincent had found his first studio on Schenkweg, only a few streets away. Mauve gave Vincent money to furnish and equip the studio.

But not long after Vincent had established himself in The Hague, the two men argued, and the rift was never mended. The disagreement stemmed from their differing views on art, from Vincent’s behaviour, and from his relationship with the pregnant prostitute Sien Hoornik.

In 1885, Mauve moved to Laren. After he died in 1888, Vincent dedicated a painting of a flowering peach tree to him in Arles with the words Souvenir de Mauve.

literature

Teun Berserik and Feico Hoekstra
Vincent van Gogh: de vroege jaren 

Amsterdam, 2012

F. Leeman and J. Sillevis
De Haagse School en de jonge Van Gogh

Zwolle, 2005

In de voetsporen van Van Gogh
Wandeling bij De Haagse School en de jonge Van Gogh
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2005

Michiel van der Mast and Charles Dumas
Van Gogh en Den Haag

Zwolle, 1990

Jan Meyers
De jonge Vincent: jaren van vervoering en vernedering

Amsterdam, 1989

 
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