Early Paintings by Vincent van Gogh

By: Debra N. Mancoff

Carpenter's Yard and Laundry by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh's Carpenter's Yard and Laundry, pencil, pen, brush, heightened with white (11-1/4x18-1/2 inches), is housed in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.
Vincent van Gogh's Carpenter's Yard and Laundry,pencil, pen, brush, heightened with white(11-1/4x18-1/2 inches), is housed in theKröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.

Vincent van Gogh completed Carpenter's Yard and Laundry in 1882. A depiction of the view out of his studio window, the piece is a meticulous and innately skillful rendering.

Working with pencil, pen, and brush, he demonstrated a precise hand and an exacting eye. He created a deep and credible spatial recession through the structure of the architectural elements, but his handling of the figures was less certain, as seen in the proportions of the man pushing the wheelbarrow along the road on the right.


Van Gogh discovered his gift for color through many of his early works, including Young Girl in a Wood. Learn about this painting in this next section.

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