The Reaper (after Millet)

The Reaper (after Millet)

Painting Date
19th of September 1889
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“At present I have 7 copies out of ten of Millet’s Travaux des champs.  I can assure you that it interests me enormously to make copies, and that not having any models for the moment it will ensure, however, that I don’t lose sight of the figure.  What’s more, it will give me a studio decoration for myself or another. I would like also to copy the Sower and the Diggers.  There’s a photo of the Diggers after the drawing. And Lerat’s etching of the Sower at Durand-Ruel’s.  In these same etchings is the Field under the snow with a harrow. Then The four times of the day, there are examples of them in the collection of wood engravings. I would like to have all of this, at least the etchings and the wood engravings. It’s a study I need, for I want to learn. Although copying may be the old system, that absolutely doesn’t bother me at all. I’m going to copy Delacroix’s Good Samaritan too.”

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

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 43.5 x 33.5 cm – Size 8 paysage
Saint-Rémy: September 19, 1889
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 687, JH: 1782

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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