The Drinkers

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

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.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 241

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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