discover the places where Vincent lived and worked

Pulchri Studio
The Hague, The Netherlands

  • January 1, 1882 - June 30, 1882

In October 1881, aided by the artist Anton Mauve (1838–1888), Vincent became an associate member of Pulchri Studio, an artists’ society in The Hague. Pulchri Studio was founded in 1847 to give its members opportunities to draw from life and to organise and attend art appreciation sessions and exhibitions. Vincent appreciated his membership, as it enabled him to meet other local artists and – at least as importantly – to draw from life twice a week. This saved him the expense of hiring a model, which could easily cost 1 or 2 guilders a day; by contrast, he paid 6.25 guilders for six months’ membership in Pulchri. None of his drawings, however, are known for certain to have originated there.

Along with drawing evenings, Vincent attended an art appreciation session and a tableau vivant. He was also approached by the artist Bernardus Johannes Blommers (1845–1914), who suggested he give a lecture in Pulchri on the magazine illustrations he actively collected (by artists such as Hubert von Herkomer, Frank Holl and George Dumaurier). The lecture ultimately did not take place, as the society’s board looked down on popular graphic work, which it regarded as something people could simply look at in the bar.

Pulchri Studio leased the trustees’ room at the Hofje van Nieuwkoop. 


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