Digger (1881) by Vincent van Gogh

Digger - Vincent van Gogh - 1881

Artwork Information

ArtistVincent van Gogh
MediumChalk on Paper
Art MovementRealism
Location CreatedNetherlands
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About Digger

Vincent van Gogh, the renowned Dutch post-impressionist painter, created a piece titled “Digger” in 1881. This artwork, executed with chalk on paper, is a genre painting that exemplifies van Gogh’s early style, characterized by realism. At the time, van Gogh was residing in the Netherlands, where he began his artistic journey.

“Digger” has been part of various exhibitions throughout the years. Notably, it was displayed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from December 22, 1914, to January 19, 1915, and again at the same museum from July 15 to September 1, 1905. The artwork also made appearances in Paris at the Galerie Vollard between December 1896 and February 1897, and at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from May 10 to September 15, 1996. Additionally, it was showcased at the Kröller-Müller Museum from March 30 to July 29, 1990.

The provenance of “Digger” includes its presence in private collections and its feature in various exhibitions across Europe, including those in Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, Antwerp, Bern, Zurich, Gothenburg, Sandviken, Östersund, Umeå, Kiruna, and Luleå, as well as in Japan, in cities such as Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Tokyo.

Van Gogh’s “Digger” is a testament to his early work and the formative years that laid the foundation for his later, more widely recognized paintings. It remains a significant piece within the oeuvre of Vincent van Gogh, reflecting the artist’s dedication to capturing the essence of working-class life and the human condition.

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