Vincent Van Gogh made four versions of At Eternity’s Gate: a study, a drawing and a lithograph in 1882. And then many years later in 1890 Van Gogh painted this 'Sorrowing old man’ or ‘Worn Out' again. Van Gogh died a few months later.

The artworks portray the elderly Adrianus Zuyderland (1810-1897) who lived in the Old Men’s and Women’s Home in The Hague, which was supported by the poor board of the Dutch Reformed Congregation.

Today 139 years ago, on 27 November 1882,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from The Hague:

“..this morning I had to go to the printer’s with my old man. Now I’ve followed everything: the transfer to the stone, the preparation of the stone, the actual printing. And I have a better understanding of what I can change by retouching. Herewith the first impression, not counting one that went wrong.”

Seven impressions of the lithograph ‘At eternity’s gate’ are known. Two were in Theo’s estate; it is not known which one was enclosed with this letter.

At Eternity’s Gate
The Hague, 1882
Transfer lithography, printed in black ink, crayon, brush and autographic ink
49,7 x 34 cm
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

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