Vincent van Gogh in Drenthe
Vincent van Gogh stayed in Drenthe for some time in 1883, from 11
September to 4 December, on the advice of his brother Theo and his
friends Anthon van Rappard and Anton Mauve.
He came here to find peace and to paint the worker, in particular the
That is why Vincent travels on 11 September 1883 by train from The Hague
via Utrecht and Zwolle to Hoogeveen. That seems to be the end point of
He stays for 3 weeks in "Hartsuiker" accommodation.
Vincent makes many walks in the area and sketches and draws what he
The landscape is not as pure as he had thought. Vincent is looking for
real farm life as the French painter Millet painted. That is why he is
going on 2 October with the Snikke, a barge to New Amsterdam. A journey
of 6 hours. The tow boat is pulled by a horse.
The trip is on the (Extended) Hoogeveense canal. Bed and Breakfast van Gogh is located 200 meters from that canal, in Geesbrug.
After arriving in New Amsterdam, Vincent enters the Scholten accommodation. He is not received very warmly, rather wait and see. They don't know what to do with it. They see a weird guy with bright red hair, clear penetrating blue eyes. He looks bewildered, has a strange hat on and a strange thing (easel) on his back.
When Vincent says he is the son of a minister, he is welcome. He will get a room with a balcony and stove. That costs 1 guilder per day. A worker earns 60 cents a day.
This house was restored in 2002: the 'Van Gogh House' is a reminder of Van Gogh's stay in Drenthe.
Visit the only publicly accessible house in the Netherlands where
Vincent van Gogh has lived and worked!
Vincent writes 23 letters in this period.
That is why we know quite well how Vincent experienced his stay here.
A book with the 23 letters from Vincent is for sale in the van Gogh
House in New Amsterdam.
In Nieuw-Amsterdam / Veenoord 5 picture frames have been placed at
locations where Van Gogh made works in 1883. You can walk this route,
but it is also possible with the bike.
Download the brochure from the Van Goghhuis