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Avenue of Pollard Birches and Poplars

A work made of reed pen and iron-gall ink on tan laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of reed pen and iron-gall ink on tan laid paper.

Date:

March 1884

Artist:

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853–1890

About this artwork

Vincent van Gogh seems to have been inspired to make this melancholy drawing after reading the poem “Tristement” (sadly) by the French writer François Coppee, who was known as the “poet of the humble.” The poem describes a mourning widow proceeding along “a very long lane of giant, halfdenuded plane trees.”

Time has enhanced the drawing’s autumnal mood. The iron-gall ink that Van Gogh used, once black, has altered to a dark brown and imparted a golden tone to the paper, the pen lines bleeding so that close hatchings merge and the contrast between light and dark is now muted.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Vincent van Gogh

Title

Avenue of Pollard Birches and Poplars

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1884

Medium

Reed pen and iron-gall ink on tan laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: "Vincent / Van Gogh"

Dimensions

19.2 × 26.5 cm (7 9/16 × 10 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2022.74

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