About This Artwork

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853-1890

The Poet's Garden, 1888

Oil on canvas
28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92.1 cm)

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection, 1933.433

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Copenhagen, Den Frie Udstilling, 1893, cat. 183.

Christiania (Oslo), exhibition of modern French art organized by Julien Leclercq, January 1898, traveled to Stockholm, February 1898, Gothenburg, Helsinki, and Berlin, 1898, shown in Stockholm and Gothenburg, possibly in Helsinki and Berlin [see Carl Nordenfalk 1946 and Supinen 1990].

Possibly Paris, Bernheim-Jeune Galerie, March 1901, cat. 60.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Summer Exhibition: Retrospective, June-September 1930, cat. 105.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Exhibition of the Mrs. L. L. Coburn Collection: Paintings and Water Colors, April 6-October 9, 1932, cat. 13 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Century of Progress: Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1-November 1, 1934, cat. 315.

Springfield, Mass, Cézanne to the Present, December 1935-January 1936, cat. 52.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Vincent Van Gogh, 1936, no included in cat.

Cleveland, Ohio, Museum of Art, Work by Vincent van Gogh, 1948, cat. 12 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, The Artist Looks at the Landscape, June 22-August 25, 1974, no cat.

Los Angeles, Country Museum of Art, A Day in the Country: Impressionism and the French Landscape, June 28–September 16, 1984, cat. 89 (ill.).

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Van Gogh in Arles, October 18, 1984-December 30, 1984, cat. 104 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, The Art of the Edge: European Frames 1300–1900, October 17, 1985-April 22, 1986, not included in cat.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South, The Art Institute of Chicago, September 22, 2001-January 13, 2002, cat. 63 (ill.), traveled to The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, February 9-June 6, 2002.

Publication History

Vincent van Gogh, Brieven Aan Zijn Broeder (Amsterdam, 1924), p. 174.

J. B. de la Faille, L’Oeuvre de Vincent van Gogh, Catalogue Raisonné vol. 1 (1928), no. 468, pl. 131.

Vincent van Gogh, Further Letters to His Brother, 1886–1889 vol. 3 (London, 1929), no. 537.

“Masterpieces of the French Impressionists,” The Fine Arts 19, 1 (June 1932), p. 22 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin 27 (December 1933), p. 116 (ill.).

Carl Nordenfalk, “Van Gogh and Sweden,” Kunshistorisk Tidskrift 15 (December 1946), pp. 92–93.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago 1961), p. 182.

Frederick A. Sweet, “Great Chicago Collectors,” Apollo 84 (September 1966), p. 203.

J. B. de la Faille, The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings (New York, 1970), p. 212 (ill.).

Paolo Lecaldano, L’opera pittorica completa di Van Gogh e i suoi nessi grafici: Da Arles a Auvers vol. 2 (Milan, 1977), no. 571 (ill.).

Jan Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches (New York, 1980), no. 1578.

A. M. and Renilde Hammacher, Van Gogh: A Documentary Biography (London, 1982), pp. 166, 179 (ill.), 237, no. 143.

Richard Brettell, Post-Impressionists (Chicago, 1987), ill.

Roland Dorn, “Vincent van Gogh;s Concept of ‘Décoration’,” in Vincent van Gogh: International Symposium (Tokyo, 1988), pp. 378-79, fig. 3a.

From Delacroix to Matisse: Great French Paintings From the XIX century to the Beginning of the XXth century from Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago exh. cat. (Leningrad, Hermitage and Moscow, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, 1988), no. 42 (ill.).

Monique Nonne, Le jardin de Van Gogh (Paris, 1989), p. 76 (ill.).

Ingo F. Walther and Reiner Metzger, Vincent van Gogh: Sämtliche Gemälde: Arles, Februar 1888–Auvers-sur-Oise, Juli 1890 vol. 2 (Cologne, 1989), p. 416 (ill.).

Maria Supinen, “Julien Leclercq: A Champion of the Unknown Vincent van Gogh,” Jong Holland (1990), pp. 7-8.

Jan Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, revised and enlarged ed. (Amsterdam, 1996), no. 1578.

Vincent van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard exh. cat. (Saint Louis Art Museum and Frankfurt, Städelsches Kunstinstitut, 2001), p. 175 (ill.).

Agnieszka Juszczak, "The Iconography of the Valpini Suite", Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889, Exh. cat (Cleveland Musum of Art, 2010), p.161.

Ownership History

Johanna van Gogh-Bonger (died 1925), the artist’s sister in law [see Nordenfalk 1946 and Supinen 1990]. Galerie d’Art Odenzeel, Rotterdam [according to J.-B. La Faille 1928]. Galerie d’Art d’Audretsch, The Hague [according to information on Registrar archival card, copy in curatorial file]. M. Gieseler, The Hague by 1925; Sale, A. Mak, Amsterdam, October 1925, lot 33 (ill.). Howard Young Galleries, New York [stock no. 2486, see Registrar archival card citied above]. Mrs. Lewis Larned (Annie Swan) Coburn (died 1932), Chicago by at least 1928 [see Registrar receipt dated May 28, 1928, copy in curatorial file]; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1933.

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