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Early Paintings by Vincent van Gogh


View of the Sea at Scheveningen by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's View of the Sea at Scheveningen is an oil on canvas (13-1/2x20 inches) that is housed in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Vincent van Gogh's View of the Sea at Scheveningen is an oil on canvas (13-1/2x20 inches) that is housed in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

View of the Sea at Scheveningen was painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1882. This early painting reflects van Gogh's practice of painting outside in an effort to capture all the elements of nature.

While living in The Hague, van Gogh made regular trips to Scheveningen, a nearby fishing village. He had begun to experiment with oil paint, and he set up his easel on the bleak stretch of beach and worked directly on his canvas in the windblown sand. His strong and bold approach to the composition, using broad horizontal zones to delineate sand, water, and sky, was matched by his thick and expressive application of pigment. His compulsion to capture his observations on the spot reflects his awareness of contemporary Impressionism.

Many of van Gogh's early works reflect a strong commitment to artistic discipline. For an example of this, observe the meticulous detail of the painting in the next section, Carpenter's Yard and Laundry.

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