Lot 7
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Vincent van Gogh

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  • Vincent van Gogh
  • View from the Window of Vincent's Studio
  • pen and ink and pencil on paper
  • 20.7 by 13.5cm.
  • 8 1/2 by 5 1/8 in.


Anthon van Rappard, Utrecht

Philipus de Kanter, Delft

Mrs Julie E. Greutert de Kanter, Rotterdam (acquired by 1970. Sold: Sotheby's, London, 1st July 1987, lot 410)

Purchased at the above sale by the late owner


Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Letter - Sketches of Vincent van Gogh, 1990

Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Miradas sin Tiempo. Dibujos, Pinturas y Esculturas de la Coleccion Jan y Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2000, no. 147, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André, La Passion du Dessin. Collection Jan et Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2002, no. 134, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Vienna, Albertina, Goya bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2005, no. 48, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Munich, Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Das Ewige Auge - Von Rembrandt bis Picasso. Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2007, no. 134, illustrated in colour in the catalogue


Jacob-Baart de la Faille, L'Œuvre de Vincent van Gogh, catalogue raisonné, Paris & Brussels, 1928, vol. III, no. 1023, catalogued p. 46; vol. IV, no. 1023, illustrated pl. LII

Walther Vanbeselaere, De Hollandsche periode in het werk van Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam & Antwerp, 1937, pp. 103, 208 & 409

The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, London, 1958, Letter R 31, mentioned p. 375

Jan Hulsker, Bulletin Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam, 1970, pp. 2-13

Jacob-Baart de la Faille, The Works of Vincent van Gogh, London, 1970, no. F1023, illustrated p. 380 (with incorrect medium)

Jan Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh. Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, Oxford, 1977, no. 343, illustrated p. 83 (titled Snowy Yard)

Jan Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh, Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, London, 1980, no. 343, illustrated p. 83

Jan Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh. Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, New York, 1984, no. 343, illustrated p. 83 (titled Snowy Yard)

Michel van der Mast (ed.), Van Gogh en Den Haag, The Hague, 1990, no. 26, illustrated p. 29

Jan Hulsker, The New Complete Van Gogh. Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, Amsterdam & Philadelphia, 1996, no. 343, illustrated p. 83 (titled Snowy Yard)

Linie, Licht und Schatten, Meisterzeichnungen und Skulpturen der Sammlung Jan und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski (exhibition catalogue), Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, 1999, illustrated p. 403

The Timeless Eye. Master Drawings from the Jan and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski Collection (exhibition catalogue), The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1999, illustrated p. 418

Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten & Nienke Bakker (ed.), Vincent van Gogh: The Letters, London, 2009, vol. 2, illustrated in colour p. 307


Executed on cream laid paper, laid down on Japan paper, hinged to the mount in the upper corners, floating in the mount. There are remnants of tape on the reverse of the two lower corners. There are supported tears in the lower left and lower right corners, some very small repaired tears and paper losses that have been retouched to the left and right edges and some tiny losses at the top edge. Apart from some typical age discolouration, this work is in good condition. Colours: In comparison to the printed catalogue illustration, the colours are considerably less warm in the original.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

Catalogue Note

Van Gogh sent this drawing, depicting a view from his window in The Hague, with a letter to his brother Theo of 16th March 1883, stating: 'I always find it wonderfully cosy to sit by a fire in the dusk and to look through the window at a snow-covered landscape' (quoted in L. Jansen, H. Luitjen & N. Bakker (eds.), op. cit., letter no. 329, p. 307). Two days later, he sketched a closely related view in another letter to Theo (fig. 1), writing: 'You've so often shown me a glimpse of Paris through your descriptions, this time I'm letting you have a look out of my window at the snow-covered yard. I'm adding a glimpse of a corner of the house; they're two impressions of the same winter's day. Poetry surrounds us everywhere [...]. I can find no words for how beautiful the old courtyards are here' (ibid., letter no. 330, pp. 307 & 310).