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Hoek Droogbak / Prins Hendrikkade

The temporary station no longer exists, but the spot Vincent painted in View of Amsterdam from Central Station can easily be recognised today from the corner of Prins Hendrikkade and Droogbak.

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Railway station

  1. 6 Oct. 1885
     - 8 Oct. 1885

While visiting Amsterdam with his friend Anton Kerssemakers to see the new Rijksmuseum in October 1885, Vincent quickly painted a small view of what he saw from the waiting room of the temporary railway station on the Westerdok (1878–1889). With the opening of the new, and permanent, Centraal Station the Westerdok station was torn down in 1889. Vincent sent the painting, View of Amsterdam from Central Station, and another small one made at the back of the building, View of Amsterdam, De Ruyterkade, to his brother Theo the week after he produced them, apologising for their condition:

“To my regret, the two little sketches of Amsterdam are quite badly damaged. They got wet on the journey; then the little panels warped when they dried, and dust &c. got into them. I’m sending them all the same to show you that if, in the space of an hour, I want to dash off an impression somewhere, I’m beginning to be able to do this in the same sentiment as others who — analyze — their impressions. And give themselves a reason for what they see. This is something other than feeling, that’s to say undergoing impressions — there may perhaps be a great deal between experiencing impressions and — analyzing them, that’s to say taking them apart and putting them together again. But it’s enjoyable to put something down in a rush.” Read the complete letter

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View in Amsterdam, 1885

View in Amsterdam, 1885

Oil on panel, 19 x 25,5 cm

Collection P. en N. de Boer Foundation, Amsterdam

De Ruyterkader in Amsterdam, 1885

De Ruyterkader in Amsterdam, 1885

Oil on panel, 20,3 x 27 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

    Relevant letters from Vincent

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    1. Jessica Voeten

      In de vlugt gesnapt
      in: Ons Amsterdam, jrg 62, nr. 10 (oktober 2010), p. 401
    2. Reindert Groot, Teio Meedendorp

      Vincent van Gogh over Amsterdam, een stadswandeling rond 1880
      Bussum, 2003
    3. Lekker wandelen in Amsterdam, Van Kattenburg tot Begijnhof, Met Vincent van Gogh door Amsterdam
      VVV Amsterdam
    4. Reindert Groot, Sjoerd de Vries

      Vincent van Gogh in Amsterdam
      Amsterdam, 1990