Van Gogh in
Boterbeurs, Wijnstraat 158-160
The Boterbeurs (butter market) building still exists in its original location but is not open to the public. The Dordrechts Museum moved to Museumstraat (then Lindengracht) in 1904. It remains open to the public and still houses a large collection of works by Ary Scheffer.
Van Gogh in
Vincent paid a few visits to the Dordrechts Museum, which displayed works by one of his favourite artists, Ary Scheffer (1795–1858). In Vincent’s first letter from Dordrecht to his brother Theo, he mentioned going to the museum and seeing Scheffer’s Christ at Gethsemane, a painting that had once made a strong impression on his father. Vincent, too, regarded it as an unforgettable work, and he returned to the museum several times just to see “the Scheffers”. When his father came to visit on 16 February 1877, they went to the museum together, and Vincent was entirely “in his element”. He returned a week later with his brother Theo, and again in April with his housemates and colleagues Paulus Coenraad Görlitz, Nicolaas “Nico” Mager and Ten Broek.
Herinneringen van C. Görlitz