Drawings of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is best known for his work as a painter. Most people will associate him with his extraordinary talent for colour and his ability to create unforgettable compositions in oil paint thickly worked on canvas. The fame of his painted oeuvre has long overshadowed his work as a draughtsman. Yet Van Gogh made many more works on paper than on the canvas. Indeed, before he even picked up a brush, Van Gogh was determined to master the basics of manipulating pencil, crayon or pen on paper. And his emergence as a draughtsman is every bit as fascinating and as dramatic as his parallel development as a painter in oils.

Largely self-taught, Van Gogh believed that drawing was "the root of everything". His reasons for drawing were numerous. At the outset of his career, he felt it necessary to master black and white before attempting to work in colour. Thus, drawings formed an inextricable part of his development as a painter. Van Gogh focused almost exclusively on drawing at the beginning of his artistic career. Even when his attention turned more towards painting, from around 1884, drawing remained a passion. While living in Arles in 1888, he created some extraordinary drawings of the Provencal landscape in reed pen, while later, at Saint-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise, he experimented with rhythm and colours. 

Vincent van Gogh's more than 1,100 drawings remain comparatively unknown, although they are among his most ingenious and striking creations. In addition to many preliminary studies, Vincent van Gogh's drawings include highly ambitious, stand-alone works that testify to his capacity for artistic innovation.

Windmills at Dordrecht - by Vincent van Gogh
Houses with Thatched Roofs - by Vincent van Gogh
Carpenters Yard and Laundry - by Vincent van Gogh
Pollard Birches - by Vincent van Gogh
Nursery on Schenkweg - by Vincent van Gogh
The Angelus (after Millet) - by Vincent van Gogh
The Garden of the Parsonage - by Vincent van Gogh
The Bench at Saint Remy - by Vincent van Gogh
Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin - by Vincent van Gogh
Road in Etten - by Vincent van Gogh
Winter Garden - by Vincent van Gogh
Small House on a Road with Pollar Willows - by Vincent van Gogh
Behind the Hedgerows - by Vincent van Gogh
Pollards - by Vincent van Gogh
Study of a Tree - by Vincent van Gogh
Ruine of the Abbey of Montmajour - by Vincent van Gogh
Sand Barges on the Rhone - by Vincent van Gogh
Boats on the Sea - by Vincent van Gogh
Olive Groves in the Alpilles - by Vincent van Gogh
Cypresses - by Vincent van Gogh
Ditch - by Vincent van Gogh
Donkey and Cart - by Vincent van Gogh
The Bearers of the Burden - by Vincent van Gogh
Thatched Cottages - by Vincent van Gogh
A Corner of a Ggarden in Place Lamartine - by Vincent van Gogh
Street in Saintes Maries - by Vincent van Gogh
Sun over Walled Field - by Vincent van Gogh
The Kingfisher - by Vincent van Gogh
A Marsh - by Vincent van Gogh
Bank of the Rhone - by Vincent van Gogh
Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes Maries de la Mer - by Vincent van Gogh
Fountain in the Garden of Hospital - by Vincent van Gogh
Garden in Winter - by Vincent van Gogh
Garden of a Public Baths - by Vincent van Gogh
Garden of Hospitals in Arles - by Vincent van Gogh
Garden with Fence - by Vincent van Gogh
Guinguette - by Vincent van Gogh
Harvest Landscape - by Vincent van Gogh
Head of a Woman - by Vincent van Gogh
La Crau Seen from Montmajour - by Vincent van Gogh
La Mousme - by Vincent van Gogh
Landscape near Montmajour with Train - by Vincent van Gogh
Landscape with Path and Pollard Willows - by Vincent van Gogh
Man with a Sack of Wood - by Vincent van Gogh
The Discus Thrower - by Vincent van Gogh
Miners in the Snow - by Vincent van Gogh
Newly Mowed Lawn with Weeping Tree - by Vincent van Gogh
Old Man Putting Dry Twigs on the Fire - by Vincent van Gogh
Olive Trees Montmajour - by Vincent van Gogh
Park on Place Lamartine - by Vincent van Gogh
Peasant Woman Lifting Potatoes - by Vincent van Gogh
Pine trees in the garden of clinic - by Vincent van Gogh
Sower with Setting Sun - by Vincent van Gogh
Stooks and a Mill - by Vincent van Gogh
The Langlois Bridge - by Vincent van Gogh
The Potato Eaters - by Vincent van Gogh
The Road to Tarascon - by Vincent van Gogh
The Rock of Montmajour - by Vincent van Gogh
The Zouave Seated - by Vincent van Gogh
Tree with Ivy in the Asylum Garden - by Vincent van Gogh
View of Arles from Montmajour - by Vincent van Gogh
View of Saintes Maries with Church and Ramparts - by Vincent van Gogh
Weeping Tree in the Grass - by Vincent van Gogh
Weeping Woman Seated on a Basket - by Vincent van Gogh
Wheat Field with Sheaves - by Vincent van Gogh
Wheatfield with Cypresses - by Vincent van Gogh
Wheatfields with Arles in the Background - by Vincent van Gogh
Woodcutter - by Vincent van Gogh
Worn Out - by Vincent van Gogh
Zouave Half Figure - by Vincent van Gogh
The Prayer - by Vincent van Gogh
Sorrow - by Vincent van Gogh
The Sower (after Millet) - by Vincent van Gogh