Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, August-September 1887
pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, on paper,
31.6 cm x 24.1 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh decided to make this drawing in a spot among the allotment gardens on the northwestern slope of Montmartre. The high barn and the lower building were at the edge of this area. Beyond them lay the factories on the outskirts of Paris. There are small holes in the corners of the paper. Van Gogh probably made them when he pinned up the sheet.
In the late summer of 1887, Van Gogh painted sunflowers for the first time. In Arles (FR) he painted large bouquets of sunflowers in a vase; these paintings later made him world-famous.