Entrance to a Quarry

Entrance to a Quarry

"This new crisis, my dear brother, came upon me in the fields, and when I was in the middle of painting on a windy day. I’ll send you the canvas, which I nevertheless finished. And it was precisely a more sober attempt, matt in colour without looking impressive, broken greens, reds and rusty ochre yellows, as I told you that from time to time I felt a desire to begin again with a palette like the one in the north. I’ll send you that canvas as soon as I can. Good-day, thank you for all your kindnesses, good handshake to you and to Jo, and naturally to Cor if he’s still there." Vincent
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16th of July 1889
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This is the only painting Vincent created while under the effects of an oncoming seizure which grounded him for the next six weeks, one of the most severe of his life.  He had already painted a similar scene from near the same location (related item) and will return to the composition in September after recovering and paint it one last time (other related item)
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“This new crisis, my dear brother, came upon me in the fields, and when I was in the middle of painting on a windy day. I’ll send you the canvas, which I nevertheless finished. And it was precisely a more sober attempt, matt in colour without looking impressive, broken greens, reds and rusty ochre yellows, as I told you that from time to time I felt a desire to begin again with a palette like the one in the north.
I’ll send you that canvas as soon as I can. Good-day, thank you for all your kindnesses, good handshake to you and to Jo, and naturally to Cor if he’s still there.”
Vincent

 

Mother and Wil have also written me a very nice letter.  Whilst not liking Rod’s book excessively, I’ve nevertheless done a canvas of that passage in which he speaks of the darkish mountains and huts.  (Our friend Roulin has written to me too.)

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Thursday, 22 August 1889

 

 

“The first four canvases are studies that don’t have the effect of an ensemble like the others. Myself I quite like the Entrance to a quarry which I did when I felt this attack beginning, because to my taste the dark greens go well with the ochre tones, there’s something sad in them that’s healthy, and that’s why it doesn’t annoy me. That’s perhaps also the case with the Mountain. People will tell me that mountains aren’t like that, and that there are black contours as wide as a finger. But anyway it seemed to me that it expressed the passage in Rod’s book – one of the very rare passages of his in which I find something good – on a lost land of dark mountains in which one noticed the darkish huts of goatherds, where sunflowers bloomed.26
The olive trees with white cloud and background of mountains, as well as the Moonrise and the Night effect –
These are exaggerations from the point of view of the arrangement, their lines are contorted like those of the ancient woodcuts. The olive trees are more in character, just as in the other study27 and I’ve tried to express the time of day when one sees the green beetles and the cicadas flying in the heat.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 60 x 72.5 cm – Size 20 Figure
Saint-Rémy, France: July – mid month, 1889
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 744, JH: 1802
Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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