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Weissenbruch's studio
The Hague, The Netherlands

  • May 1, 1873 - May 12, 1873
  • November 27, 1881 - September 11, 1883

The artist Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch (1824–1903) had a studio at Kazernestraat 112 in The Hague, in the house in which he had been born and would live with his sisters throughout his life. Vincent visited Weissenbruch – known as “de vrolijke Weiss” (a play on “the cheerful tune”) because of his upbeat personality – just before leaving for London in May 1873:

“the recollection of what I saw there in the way of studies and paintings is still very clear, as is that of the man himself.”

Vincent saw Weissenbruch often and admired him not only for his art but also for his cheerful character. Weissenbruch, in turn, had great faith in Vincent, whom he also visited in his studio.

Weissenbruch spoke enthusiastically about Vincent to Anton Mauve (1838–1888):

“he draws damned well, I’d be able to work from his studies.”


Emphasising the weight of his approval, Weissenbruch subsequently told Vincent:

“they call me the merciless sword and that I certainly am, and I wouldn’t have said that to Mauve if I’d found nothing good in your studies.”

As a result, when Mauve was too busy to see him, Vincent was permitted to visit Weissenbruch. Weissenbruch deemed Vincent’s pen drawings his best work. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo to tell him what Weissenbruch had said:

“Those are your best, he said. And I told him that Tersteeg had criticized them. Take no notice of it, he said, when Mauve said there was a painter in you, Tersteeg said no, and Mauve took your side against Tersteeg, and I was there, and if it happens again, I too will take your side, now that I’ve seen your work.”  

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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