Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam
|Artist||Vincent van Gogh|
|Location||Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands|
Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo of the view outside his room in Nieuw-Amsterdam, Drenthe: "I now have a reasonably large room where a stove has been placed, where there happens to be a small balcony. From which I can even see the heath with the huts. I also look out on a very curious drawbridge." Within the letter he drew a sketch of the bridge, which became the watercolor, Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam.
The work was one of 148 watercolors made by Van Gogh, who said of working in that medium in 1881:
What a splendid thing watercolour is to express atmosphere and distance,
so that the figure is surrounded by air and can breathe in it, as it were.
Five years after having made this work, van Gogh made Langlois Bridge at Arles in France which captures a lighter mood.
- Langlois Bridge at Arles, watercolor, 1888, Private collection (F1480)
- Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam. Van Gogh Museum. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Carl Nordenfalk. The Life And Work Of Van Gogh. Kessinger Publishing; 31 July 2006. ISBN 978-1-4286-5725-0. p. 205.
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- Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam. The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- To Theo van Gogh. Nieuw-Amsterdam, Friday, 12 or Saturday, 13 October 1883. Van Gogh Letters. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- The Watercolours. The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Fred Orton; Griselda Pollock. Avant-Gardes and Partisans Reviewed. Manchester University Press ND; 15 February 1997. ISBN 978-0-7190-4399-4. p. 361.
- John E. Sweetman. The artist and the bridge: 1700-1920. Ashgate; 1999. ISBN 978-0-7546-0013-8.