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The Drinkers

Painting of three male figures, two older men in top hats and a younger man with red hair, standing outdoors around a wooden table with a pitcher on it, drinking from glasses. A much smaller, childlike figure at left peers over the table and drinks from a white cup. The scene is rendered in winding paint strokes in shades of green and blue.
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  • Painting of three male figures, two older men in top hats and a younger man with red hair, standing outdoors around a wooden table with a pitcher on it, drinking from glasses. A much smaller, childlike figure at left peers over the table and drinks from a white cup. The scene is rendered in winding paint strokes in shades of green and blue.

Date:

1890

Artist:

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, 1853–1890

About this artwork

During his time in the Asylum of Saint-Paul in Saint-Rémy, a small town near Arles, Vincent van Gogh made a number of copies of the work of artists he admired, which freed him from having to produce original compositions and allowed him to concentrate instead on interpretation. For this image, Van Gogh copied a wood engraving from Honoré Daumier’s Drinkers, a parody on the four ages of man. The exaggerated figure types capture Daumier’s characteristic humor and convey his sad message about the horrors of alcoholism. The greenish palette may well be an allusion to the notorious alcoholic drink absinthe.

Status

On View, Gallery 241

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Vincent van Gogh

Title

The Drinkers

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1890

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

23 3/8 × 28 7/8 in. (59.4 × 73.4 cm)

Credit Line

Joseph Winterbotham Collection

Reference Number

1953.178

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