When Vincent van Gogh lived in Nuenen in 1885 he took a train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam where he painted two small works: 'View of Amsterdam from Central Station' and 'De Ruyterkade in Amsterdam'.

Today 136 years ago, on 7 October 1885,

Van Gogh was in Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum. A few days later, back in Nuenen, he wrote to Theo:

"The two little panels I painted in Amsterdam were done in a tearing hurry, one of them, mark you, in the station waiting room when I was a bit early for the train, the other one in the morning, before I went to the museum at about 10 o’clock. Even so, I’m sending them to you, in the manner of tiles on which one has dashed something off with a few strokes.”

The ‘two souvenirs of Amsterdam’ are the small panels View in Amsterdam and De Ruyterkade in Amsterdam, painted on 7 and 8 October.

View in Amsterdam (View of Amsterdam from Central Station)
Amsterdam, 1885
Oil on panel
19.0 x 25.5 cm
P. and N. de Boer Foundation, Amsterdam

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