Van Gogh : Mangeurs
de Pommes de Terre (Potato Eaters)
Regarded as Vincents
first masterpiece, the Potato Eaters was probably his most
Dozens and dozens of studies were necessary to achieve the stunning result
of that canvas.
It seems that his research on the Brabant types was embodied
there: the peasant painted with the land he sows.
The in-depth study of each character and his former attempts at great
compositions now allowed him to achieve that heavy and complex work:
Ive been cautiously watching these small peasants, their
gestures, precisely to add character in them, for a year and a half.
That painting, probably Vincents best-achieved one, gave him confidence:
I do think that the potato eaters will remain, with the canvas
which will follow.