Lying Cow

Lying Cow
A black cow with a white face lying down in a green meadow facing the viewer.
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1883 (1883)
Dimensions 30 cm × 50 cm (11.8 in × 19.7 in)
Owner Private Collection (F1b, JH388),[1] Korea

Lying Cow is the name of two oil paintings created by Vincent van Gogh around 1882 when he was living at The Hague.[2][3][4]

In the 1970 catalogue raisonné, based on Jacob Baart de la Faille's researches, the paintings were dated 1882.[5] Jan Hulsker, however, feels they must be associated with his 1883 painting Cows in the Meadow, a painting known only by a very poor photograph, and accordingly dates them as August 1883, thus executed shortly before van Gogh broke with his mistress Sien Hoornik and left for Drenthe.[6]


  1. Brooks, D. "The Paintings". The Vincent van Gogh Gallery, endorsed by Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. David Brooks (self-published). Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  2. Lying Cow F1c. Van Gogh Gallery. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  3. Lying Cow F1b. Van Gogh Gallery. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  4. Naifeh, Steven; White Smith, Gregory (2011). Van Gogh: The Life. Random House. p. 253 ff. ISBN 0-375-50748-5.
  5. de la Faille, Jacob Baart (1970). The works of Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff.
  6. Hulsker, Jan (1986). The Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches. Random House. p. 90. ISBN 0-517-44867-X.

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