In the summer of 1888, Van Gogh, who was then living in Arles, made a trip to the small Mediterranean fishing village of Saintes-Maries de la Mer, where he made a painted view of this street with its thatched roofs and smoking chimneys. This drawing was one of fifteen that were sent, in the month of July alone, to Van Gogh's friend, the artist Émile Bernard, in Brittany, to keep Bernard up to date on the work he was doing. In these vibrant drawings, Van Gogh captured the essence of the paintings while creating the compositions anew in a different medium.
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Title:Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Artist:Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Date:ca. July 15, 1888
Medium:Reed pen, quill, and brown ink over black chalk on wove paper (backed with wove paper)
Dimensions:Sheet: 9 9/16 x 12 1/2 in. (24.3 x 31.7 cm)
Credit Line:Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1948
Signature: lower left in pen and ink: 'Vincent'
Marking: touches of black chalk at upper and lower right (apparently attempts to camouflage repairs - to pin holes?) suggest that the ink was much darker at the time the chalk was applied, or it would not appear so much darker now.
Emile Bernard (French); Ambroise Vollard (French); Galerie Druet, Paris; Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser, Munich, Lucerne, Berlin; M. Goldschmidt; A. Ronde; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller; Museum of Modern Art, New York
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