Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vincent Van Gogh - Still Life with Birds' Nests

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Oil on Canvas, 39.3 x 46.5 cm

In October 1885 Van Gogh painted 5 still lifes with birds’ nests, two of which are in the museum collection. He had a collection of ‘no less than 30 different birds’ nests' in his studio, according to his friend Anton Kerssemakers. The painter collected them himself during his ramblings or bought them from the local children for around 10 cents each. Unusual ones, such as the two ball-shaped wrens’ nests in the upper right and centre of the painting, were slightly more expensive.

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