Vincent van Gogh - watercolours

Vincent van Gogh produced nearly 150 watercolours during his life. His watercolours were often used as field studies for their larger oil counterparts.  At the age of 28 Vincent wrote the following in a letter to his brother Theo in December 1888:

"I came away from him with some painted studies and a few watercolours. They are not masterpieces, of course, yet I really believe that there is some soundness and truth in them, more at any rate than what I've done up to now. And so I reckon that I am now at the beginning of the beginning of doing something serious. And because I can now call on a couple of technical resources, that is to say, paint and brush, everything seems fresh again, as it were."

In the same letter he wrote:

"I wish you could see the two watercolours I have brought back with me, for you would realize that they are watercolours just like any other watercolours. They may still be full of imperfections, que soit, I am the first to say that I am still very dissatisfied with them, and yet they are quite different from what I have done before and look fresher and brighter. That doesn't alter the fact, however, that they must get fresher and brighter still, but one can't do everything one wants just like that. It will come little by little."

1879 Coalmine in the Borinage pencil & watercolour

1881 Boy Cutting Grass with a Sickle watercolour 47 x 61 cm

1881 Digger charcoal, black & green chalk, watercolour

1881 Peasant Sitting by the Fireplace (Worn Out) pen & ink, watercolour

1881 Scheveningen Woman Sewing watercolour

1881 Woman Mending Stockings black chalk & watercolour

1881 Scheveningen Woman pencil & watercolour

1881 Young Scheveningen Woman Knitting watercolour & gouache on paper

1882 Iron Mill in The Hague watercolour

1882 Four People on a Bench pen & ink, watercolour

1882 Fish-Drying Barn watercolour

1882 Miners in the Snow, Winter pen & ink, watercolour

1882 Orchard in Blossom with Two Figures, Spring pen & ink, watercolour

1882 Pollard Willow watercolour 36 x 56.5 cm

1882 Rooftops watercolour & white 39 x 55 cm

1882 The State Lottery Office watercolour 38 x 57 cm

1882 Scheveningen Women and Other People Under Umbrellas watercolour

1882 View of The Hague with the New Church pen & ink, watercolour

1882 Woman Miners Carrying Coal watercolour & white on paper

1882 Waiting Room watercolour

1882 Woman with Baby on her Lap, Half-Figure pencil, watercolour & white oil

1882 Woman with White Shawl in a Wood watercolour

1883 Landscape at Nightfall watercolour 41.7 x 54.1 cm

1883 View from the Window of Vincent's Studio in Winter watercolour 39 x 58 cm

1883 Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam watercolour 38.5 x 81 cm

1883 The Public Soup Kitchen pencil, black chalk watercolour

1885 The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen with Pond and Figures watercolour 38 x 49 cm

1885 Sunday in Eindhoven pen & ink, watercolour

1885 Sale of Building Scrap black chalk & watercolour

1885 Woman by a Hearth black chalk & watercolour

1887 Path in Montmartre with Sunflowers pencil, pen & ink, watercolour 31.6 x 24.1 cm

1887 Ramparts of Paris pencil, black chalk, gouache, watercolour

1887 Outskirts of Paris near Montmartre pencil, pen & ink, pastel, gouache, watercolour

1887 Street with People Walking and a Horse-car near the Ramparts of Paris pencil, pen & ink, watercolour 24.1 x 31.6 cm

1887 The Entrance of a Belvedere watercolour

1887 Road Running Beside the Paris Ramparts watercolour & white

1888 Alphonse Daudet's Mill in Fontevieille watercolour 30 x 50 cm

1888 Breton Women watercolour 60 x 73.7 cm

1888 Pink Peach Trees charcoal & watercolour

1888 The Langlois Bridge at Arles watercolour

1888 The Night Cafe in Arles watercolour 44.4 x 63.2 cm

1889 Corridor in Saint-Paul Hospital black chalk & gouache 61 x 47.5 cm

1889 Flowering Shrubs watercolour

1889 Flowering Shrubs watercolour

1889 The Vestibule of the Asylum black chalk & gouache 61.6 x 47.1 cm

1889 Stone Steps in the Garden of the Asylum pencil, black chalk, ink & watercolour 63.1 x 45.6 cm

1889 Trees in the Garden of the Asylum watercolour 46.5 x 61.5 cm

1889 Window of Vincent's Studio at the Asylum black chalk & gouache 62 x 47.6 cm

1890 Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman pencil, & watercolour

1890 The Oise at Auvers pencil, gouache & diluted oil on paper 48 x 63 cm