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Steenplein 1

Het Steen still exists and is open to the public.

Van Gogh in

Het Steen

  1. 17 Dec. 1885 1885

On one of his walks, Vincent sketched Het Steen, a fortress on the Scheldt of Antwerp. He also produced a painting, which he referred to as “detailed” but it was not preserved. Vincent went to see a number of dealers in the city in an attempt to sell the painting. One expressed interest:

“I’ve been to see someone else with my view of Het Steen, who thought the tone and colour good, who was in a state of confusion drawing up his inventory and is in small premises, though, but where I could go back after the New Year. It’s a good thing for when there are foreigners who want to have a souvenir of Antwerp, and for this reason I’ll make a few more in the same genre of townscapes.” Read the complete letter

It is unclear, however, whether the dealer ever actually took on the work.

The two drawings of Het Steen today are now in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Made here

View on Het Steen, 1885

View on Het Steen, 1885

Crayon on paper, 9,2 x 16,6 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

View on Het Steen, 1885

View on Het Steen, 1885

Mixed media on paper, 13,1 x 21,1 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

    Relevant letters from Vincent

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    1. Guido Persoons

      Vincent van Gogh te Antwerpen in 1885-1886 : zijn opleiding in de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten te Antwerpen als bijdrage tot de vorming van zijn kunstenaarschap
      In: Periscoop, Vriendenkring van de Koninklijke Academie, 14-1 (1990)
    2. Mark Tralbaut

      Van Gogh te Antwerpen
      Antwerpen, 1958
    3. Louis van Tilborg en Ella Hendriks

      Vincent van Gogh schilderijen, deel 2: Antwerpen en Parijs
      Amsterdam, 2011
    4. Ella Hendriks en Louis van Tilborgh

      New views on Van Gogh’s development in Antwerp and Paris: an integrated art historical and technical study of his paintings in the Van Gogh Museum
      Universiteit van Amsterdam, proefschrift, 2006
    5. Marije Vellekoop, Sjraar van Heugten

      Vincent van Gogh tekeningen, deel 3: Antwerpen en Parijs 1885 – 1888
      Amsterdam, 2001