Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam

Drawbridge in Nieuw Amsterdam (F1098)
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1883
Type Watercolor
Location Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands[1][nb 1]

Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam is a watercolor created in November, 1883 by Vincent van Gogh in Drente, The Netherlands.[4]

Watercolor painting

Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo of the view outside his room in Nieuw-Amsterdam, Drenthe: "I now have a reasonably large room where a stove has been placed, where there happens to be a small balcony. From which I can even see the heath with the huts. I also look out on a very curious drawbridge." Within the letter he drew a sketch of the bridge, which became the watercolor, Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam.[5]

The work was one of 148 watercolors made by Van Gogh, who said of working in that medium in 1881:

What a splendid thing watercolour is to express atmosphere and distance,
so that the figure is surrounded by air and can breathe in it, as it were.[6]

Five years after having made this work, van Gogh made Langlois Bridge at Arles in France which captures a lighter mood.[7]

See also


  1. In his 2006 edition of The Life and Work of Van Gogh, Nordenfalk states that the painting is owned by a collector.[2] But, Frommer's identifies the painting as part of the Groninger Museum's collection in the passage about the museum.[3]


  1. Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam. Van Gogh Museum. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. Carl Nordenfalk. The Life And Work Of Van Gogh. Kessinger Publishing; 31 July 2006. ISBN 978-1-4286-5725-0. p. 205.
  3. George McDonald. Frommer's Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. John Wiley & Sons; 26 April 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-88766-0. p. 414.
  4. Drawbridge in Nieuw-Amsterdam. The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  5. To Theo van Gogh. Nieuw-Amsterdam, Friday, 12 or Saturday, 13 October 1883. Van Gogh Letters. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  6. The Watercolours. The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  7. Fred Orton; Griselda Pollock. Avant-Gardes and Partisans Reviewed. Manchester University Press ND; 15 February 1997. ISBN 978-0-7190-4399-4. p. 361.

Further reading

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