Jacob Baart de la Faille

Jacob Baart de la Faille, 1864, grandfather and namesake of the art historian.

Jacob-Baart de la Faille (1 June 1886, Leeuwarden – 1959) compiled the first catalogue raisonné of the work of Vincent van Gogh, published in 1928. The catalogue was revised and republished by an editorial committee in 1970, and this version is considered to be the definitive catalogue of van Gogh's work.[1][2]

His catalogue numbers are preceded by an 'F': thus F612 refers to Starry Night.

Shortly after the publication of the original catalogue, de la Faille became involved in a major fraud affair concerning the Berlin art dealer Otto Wacker. De la Faille had certified the authenticity of 30 paintings which were later determined to be fakes.


Jacob-Baart de la Faille was born to a Dutch father, Cornelis Baart de la Faille, and a Belgian mother, Henriette Adriana Krayenhoff. At the University of Utrecht he majored in law, not in art.[3]


2nd edition, revising the catalogue of paintings only, Hyperion, Paris 1937 (comprising editions in English, French, and German)
3rd edition, edited since 1961 by a committee initially including J. G. van Gelder, W. Jos de Gruyter, A. M. Hammacher (chairman), Jan Hulsker and H. Gerson, in 1962 joined by Annet Tellegen-Hoogendoorn, later by Martha Op de Coul and, due to time passing, by others


  1. Sorensen, Lee. "Faille, Jacob-Baart de la". Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  2. Brooks, D. "Catalogues Raisonnés". The Vincent van Gogh Gallery, endorsed by Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. David Brooks (self-published). Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  3. Dr Jacob Baart de la Faille 1886 - 1959, in: Hammacher, ed., 1970, p. 39
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