The graphic works of Vincent van Gogh

Over the course of his career, Van Gogh produced a scant 10 graphic works, comprising nine lithographs, and one etching. All but two were produced in the Netherlands at The Hague. Although he was pleased with the results, he still did very few, resulting in their considerable rarity.

Old Man with his Head in his Hands (At Eternity's Gate).

Old Man with his Head in his Hands (At Eternity's Gate)

The Work
The lithos are listed here in the order of their production. The majority were done in 1882, when Van Gogh first experimented with the medium.

  1. "Orphan Man," November 8, 1882
  2. "Sorrow," November the 11, 1882
  3. "Orphan Man with Top Hat, Drinking Coffee," November 15, 1882
  4. "Digger," November 15, 1882
  5. "Old Man with his Head in His Hands ("At Eternity's Gate,") November 27, 1882
  6. "Workman sitting on a Basket, Cutting Bread," c. late November 1882
  7. "Weed Burner, Sitting on a Wheelbarrow with his Wife," mid-July 1883
  8. "Gardener near a Gnarled Apple Tree,"  mid-July 1883
  9. "The Potato Eaters," April 1885
  10. "L'Homme a la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet" (Etching) May, 1890 (Dr. Gachet was a friend and doctor who took care of      Van Gogh in the final months of his life -- the painting sold at    auction in 1990 for about $80m. When adjusted for inflation it    remains the highest prince paid for a painting.)

In closing
Many of Van Gogh's lithos are represented in other mediums. "Sorrow," a  nude study of a pregnant prostitute, Sien Hornik, who Van Gogh took in and cared for was originally a drawing.  He sometimes made an oil painting after an earlier lithograph, as with,"At Eternity's Gate;" The painting was entitled "Old man in Sorrow, (on the Threshold of Eternity.")  He also worked the other way around, as is the case with "The Potato Eaters," where he later created the lithograph to reach a broader market and to earn  money.

 

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