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Still Life, November 1884

Vincent van Gogh

Dutch, 1853-1890
Oil on canvas
15-3/4 x 22-1/4 in. (40.0 x 56.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Van Gogh was understandably reluctant to move in with his parents, who, he claimed, “feel the same dread of taking me into the house as they would about taking in a big, rough dog.” But, embarking on an artistic career at age thirty, he had little choice. While living with his parents, Van Gogh took in students, honing his craft even as he offered lessons, sometimes painting still lifes like this one alongside his pupils. Here we see the artist struggling to capture the forms of the vessels before him, but we also begin to see the influence of his Japanese print collection in the simplified, angular contours of the composition.

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