Cart with Black Ox
An early work created in the village of Nuenen before Van Gogh went to the South of France, the painting has a dark palette and has been described as "disquieting"; the ox and cart are both decrepit. A related painting made the same year, Cart with Red and White Ox, is in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands. Cart with Black Ox was owned by a family who had bought it in 1950, and as of 2010 is the most valuable gift yet made to the Portland Art Museum.
In 2010 the painting was analyzed by digital X-ray and CT scanning to look for information on the artist's working methods and to add to the database at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. A painted-out flying bird was discovered.
- Susan Stamberg, "Gift Brings Van Gogh's 'Ox-Cart' to Oregon Museum", Morning Edition, National Public Radio, December 3, 2007.
- D. K. Row, "The Portland Art Museum scores a painting by Vincent van Gogh", blogs, The Oregonian, October 15, 2007.
- Joe Rojas-Burke, "OHSU techs look beneath a masterpiece's surface to get a clearer picture of van Gogh", The Oregonian, December 13, 2010, updated March 9, 2012.
- Media related to Cart with Black Ox at Wikimedia Commons