Vincent van Gogh - Landscape with ploughman

Vincent van Gogh

(1853-1890)

Landscape with ploughman

1882-1885

Research 2012 - 2013

 

April 2012

 

 

 

Author: Z. Ostrowski

 

Comparing figures from different paintings by Vincent van Gogh

 

A stylistic comparison of the farmer to other figures on other paintings by Vincent van Gogh

Poplar Avenue At Nuenen
Vincent van Gogh ploughman farmer brabant horses

The researched painting (detail)

Vincent van Gogh - Walk Along the Banks of the Seine Near Asnieres

Walk Along the Banks of the Seine Near Asnieres,June /July 1887, oil on canvas, 49 x 65,5 cm, F 299, JH 1254

Poplar Avenue At Nuenen (detail), Nov. 1885, oil on canvas, 78 x 98 cm, F 45, JH 959

October 2012

 

 

 

Author: Z. Ostrowski

 

An attempt at reading the pencil writing on the back of the painting in IR-Light

 

Writing on panel

After many tries, we are sure to have deciphered the writing on the back.

It can be read as follows:

 

The first word in the top row starting with a capital letter is the french word Entre.

 

In the second row there are two numbers which are very difficult to read. They are most probably the dimensions of the frame opening.

13, followed by 28 and gd, an acronym for the french word grand. The acronym gd is clearly visible and cannot be read any other way.

 

The third row - we can only assume - may be the word Gogh, although at first glance Vogh comes to mind. We haven't found a meaning for this word. The short/small characters on the left side of the third row, we assume, stands for SEP/82

 

In our opinion, the writing reads as follows:

 

Entre

13 28 gd

SEP/82   Gogh(?)

 

It is french and means:

 

"Entre" -  between - (opening of the frame (dimensions)

"13  28 gd"  -  13 x 28 cm (size, big)

SEP/82    Gogh(?) - (the incomplete surname without 'van')

 

Based on our attempt at reading the writing, we would like to propose the following theory:

 

1. The writings are executed by the same person, with the same writing characteristics, in the same period of time.

 

2. The author of this writing may have been commissioning or preparing to match the frame to the painting.

The numbers 13 and 28 play an important role here. They are exactly one centimeter smaller than the size of the painting (14 x 29 cm).

 

3.  The writing SEP/82 is an attempt at dating the painting's time of creation. The date SEP/82 is interesting, because its writing is almost identical in terms of writing character and execution to the handwritten dates 82 and 83 present on the first pages of the letters from

Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard, nr: 267*, 268, 275, 276*, 284, 287, 302*, 304, 311, 314, 317 (facisimile)

(source: www.vangoghletters.org). Only there have we found dates written the same way. These dates are written by hand with a pencil by someone who attempted to date the letters. In many cases they aren't consistent with the dates set by researchers working on www.vangoghletters.org. On the IR photograph, near the writing, a bright shade is visible. It is a trace left after erasing the the writing

(e.g. with a pencil-eraser).

Sep 82 on panel

The writing SEP/82 on the back of the researched painting

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Vincent van Gogh Letter Nr. 267
Vincent van Gogh letter Nr. 276

Letter Nr. 267

Letter Nr. 276

Vincent van Gogh letter Nr. 302

Letter Nr. 302

 

March 2013

 

 

 

Scientific article about the painting "Landscape with ploughman" in "Vibrational Spectroscopy" Volume 65, March 2013:

 

A joint application of ATR-FTIR and SEM imaging with high spatial resolution:

Identification and distribution of painting materials and their degradation products in

paint cross sections

 

Authors: Dr Zofia Kaszowska, Kamilla Malek, Magdalena Pańczyk, Anna Mikołajska

The FULL article can be found at sciencedirect.com (click here)

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