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Vincent van Gogh Drawings, Hidde Nijland collection.

“I will get back on top of it anyway, I will get back to work with my pencil, which I had thrown aside in my great despondency, and I will start drawing again …” Letter to Theo 136/157 September 24, 1880

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Vincent van Gogh was, as you call it, a tormented soul. Did he not understand the world or was it the other way around? Didn’t the world understand him? When you read his letters to Theo, the sentences about his work naturally leave a deep impression. His passion and unwavering diligence drag you along. The letters also report on his eternal money problems and the people with whom he could not get along. Many quarrels characterize his life. Yes, socially he was a bit sloppy. This did not always benefit his work.


After roaming in London, Paris and the Borinage, he finally ended up with his parents in Neunen.  He first aspired to a career as an art dealer at Goupil & Cie. Later he tried to become a pastor. Only in Belgium did he really start to draw and paint. Because he rejected this work himself, he threw away the most. So very little is left of it. He arrived in Neunen on December 5, 1883. He had no money to pay for models. So he painted the people from the village. He recorded the harsh peasant life.

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A year and a half later, Vincent’s father died. Pastor Theodorus van Gogh collapsed after a long walk on the heath. “With the doorknob in hand”. Shortly thereafter it was rumoured that Vincent had conceived an illegitimate child with the farmer’s daughter Sien de Groot. She regularly posed for him. Andreas Pauwels, the pastor of the Catholic Church, forbade his parishioners to be a model for Vincent any longer. She only told Vincent who the real father was. On her deathbed, she got absolute from the pastor. So getting pregnant without getting married was forgiven her.

Eventually, the stay in Nuenen became untenable and on November 23, 1885, Vincent left for Antwerp. He left everything behind in Nuenen: hundreds of paintings, drawings and watercolours. The complete oeuvre from his Dutch period. An exception to this was the works he had given away, exchanged or sent to his brother Theo.
So here his “social concerns” had an extremely negative influence on his work.
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His paintings first stayed with his mother, Anna Carbentus van Gogh, in Nuenen. When she moved to Breda, they were sent afterwards. Money had to be found to package them well. An inheritance offered a solution. When Anna finally left for Leiden, the crates with artworks remained. They were forgotten in an attic and eventually ended up with Jan Couvreur. He sold many drawings as old paper. He gave away paintings or sold them for a very small amount. Nobody knows how many there were or what was destroyed. You can read about what happened to Vincent’s work during that period in Dr’s Kees Wouters excellent research: “Gek van van Gogh”.  Sorry only in Dutch. But you can use translate and get an impression.

Wouters wrote, among other things:
“Vincent’s drawings were also valuable. For an exhibition organized by the “Haagsche Kunstkring” in February and March 1895, a folder with early drawings, owned by the Dordrecht art collector Hidde Nijland, was insured for no less than 15,000 guilders. That would now be a quarter of a million Euros, which you pay these days, for a single drawing (study) by Vincent. The collection involved a total of hundred drawings, mainly works from Vincent’s Ettense period. But she was not from Jo Bonger. She was the widow of brother Theo. Nijland had assembled his ‘drawings and doodles of Vincent van Gogh under his own strength in less than three years. ”
The drawings that Van Gogh made in Nuenen eventually led to his masterpiece The Potato Eaters.
In 1905 Vincent van Gogh was not yet world-famous. He only had fans among artists and art lovers. The Kirchner publisher in Amsterdam, therefore, reproduced (heliogravures) 100 drawings from the Hidde Nijland collection and brought them in 1905 to the general public. Was this the first impetus for Vincent’s worldwide fame?
This almost impossible to find museum edition is only in possession of, for example, the Van Gogh Museum, the Museum Dordrecht and the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum.
But, The Mantifang also has this folder in its possession. Its cover is badly damaged, but the reproductions themselves are very beautiful. Because we mainly want to collect information about East Asia in our library, we now offer the reproductions for sale separately. Every copy offered is unique. We only have one.
If you want to get hold of such a beautiful, rare reproduction, then make us an offer. This can be done by an email: or via WhatsApp: 00316 38378783 You use the same number for Kakao talk. A message on our Facebook page Van Gogh Drawings FB-Page will do also. Please don’t forget to state the name of the reproduction!
We made a few pages with the pictures:
So enjoy and make an offer when you want one ore more of these beautiful reproductions.