discover the places where Vincent lived and worked

The Mesdag Collection
The Hague, The Netherlands

  • June 15, 1882 - July 16, 1882

The Mesdag Collection, then known as Museum Mesdag, opened in 1887. The gallery was built onto the residence of the artist and collector Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831–1915) and his wife, Sientje Mesdag-Van Houten (1834–1909), for the purpose of housing their collection. It was open to the public on Sunday mornings, and Mesdag himself gave tours. Vincent never visited Museum Mesdag while he lived in The Hague, simply because it did not yet exist. He did, however, know of works from the collection, some of which he had seen in the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art. Museum Mesdag can still be visited today. Because Mesdag collected contemporary work, the museum and its collection provide a good survey of the work of Vincent’s generation.


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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