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Archives: The Burlington Magazine

21st September 2021

A Study for ‘Worn out’: a newly discovered Van Gogh drawing

Having just moved to The Hague, the young van Gogh was drawing figures in the hope of becoming a magazine illustrator. He drew both men and women, in particular one old man from a nearby home. One of those drawings, long held by a Dutch family, has re-surfaced. Says one expert involved in the authentication “a very fine, powerful drawing, which stands up entirely on its own.” (The linked piece is the authentication report, temporarily out from a paywall.)