SSL: Food in Van Gogh Paintings

15 Dec

I enjoyed researching an October SSL that was all about food in art, so for today’s list I’m sharing a few van Gogh paintings that highlight food and the process of gathering food.

These images are from an online collection called The Vincent Van Gogh Gallery, which has a comprehensive biography of van Gogh and a giant collection of paintings. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in the artist.

The paintings below are listed in chronological order. Van Gogh was born in March of 1853, so to give some context, the first painting titled Potato Digging (Five Figures) was made when he was 30 years old (considered to be an early work). The style we typically associate with van Gogh doesn’t surface until the last few years of his life. He died in 1890 at the age of 37.

Potato Digging Five Figures Van Gogh

Potato Digging (Five Figures)

Oil on canvas
39.5 x 94.5 cm.
The Hague: August, 1883

New York: Collection Julian J. Raskin

Farmers Planting Potatoes Van Gogh

Farmers Planting Potatoes

Oil on canvas
66.0 x 149.0 cm.
Nuenen: August-September, 1884

Otterlo: Kroller-Muller Museum

Still Life with Lemons on a Plate Van Gogh

Still Life with Lemons on a Plate

Oil on canvas
21.0 x 26.5 cm.
Paris: March-April, 1887

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

Interior of a Restaurant Van Gogh

Interior of a Restaurant

Oil on canvas
45.5 x 56.5 cm.
Paris: June-July, 1887

Otterlo: Kroller-Muller Museum

Still Life with Apples, Pears, Lemons, and Grapes Van Gogh

Still Life with Apples, Pears, Lemons and Grapes

Oil on canvas
46.5 x 55.2 cm.
Paris: Autumn, 1887

Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago

Still Life: Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit Van Gogh

Still Life: Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit

Oil on canvas
65.0 x 81.0 cm.
Arles: May, 1888

Liechtenstein: Private foundation

Olive Grove with Picking Figures Van Gogh

Olive Grove with Picking Figures

Oil on canvas
73.0 x 92.0 cm.
Saint-Rémy: December, 1889

Otterlo: Kroller-Muller Museum

Have any favorite artists who paint food or food-related content? I’d love to hear about them!

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2 Responses to “SSL: Food in Van Gogh Paintings”

  1. Elizabeth December 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Love these, I’m a big Van Gogh fan. You should totally check out Wayne Thiebaud’s work. I saw an exhibit of his paintings many years ago at the Guggenheim. He may or may not do a lot of cakes/dessert ;)

    • Liz December 19, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      Glad to find another food AND art lover! Wayne Thiebaud is great – I should feature his work some week. Have you seen this video about his work/life from Sunday Morning? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI_QJ5D9Qm8 He seems like such a down-to-earth guy!

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