Still Life
November 1884
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
On View

Van Gogh was understandably reluctant to move in with his parents, who, he claimed, “feel the same dread of taking me into the house as they would about taking in a big, rough dog.” But, embarking on an artistic career at age thirty, he had little choice. While living with his parents, Van Gogh took in students, honing his craft even as he offered lessons, sometimes painting still lifes like this one alongside his pupils. Here we see the artist struggling to capture the forms of the vessels before him, but we also begin to see the influence of his Japanese print collection in the simplified, angular contours of the composition.


  • Artist Name: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
  • Title: Still Life
  • Date: November 1884
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 15-3/4 x 22-1/4 in. (40.0 x 56.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.44.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

(J. J. Biesing, The Hague).
Henricus Petrus Bremmer (1871-1956), The Hague, c.1910-1956.
[E. J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam].
[Laing Galleries, Toronto].
Arnold Hofland, London, by 1963.
[E. J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam; stock no. S3993; sold 19 September 1972 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890. Quelques oeuvres de l'epoque 1881-1886 provenant de collections particulières Néerlandaises

  • E.J. van Wisselingh & co. (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1956-02-20 to 1956-03-17

Inaugural Exhibition: El Greco, Rembrandt, Goya, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso

  • Milwaukee Art Institute, 1957-09-12 to 1957-10-20

[on loan]

  • Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1972-10-17 to

Maîtres français XIXme et XXme siècle

  • E.J. van Wisselingh & co. (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1971-05-03 to 1971-06-04

[on loan]

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1973-03-29 to 1974-07-17

Vincent van Gogh: Painter, Printmaker, Collector

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1990-04-19 to 1992-01-12

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and the Norton Simon Foundation_2

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1974-10-19 to 1976-06-15

Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Life

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2012-07-20 to 2013-01-21

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13
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  • The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh, no. 387
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  • Hulsker, Jan, The Complete van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches, no. 539 p. 125
  • Yasuda Kasai Museum of Art, Concealed van Gogh: Radiographic Images of Vincent van Gogh's Paintings in the Collection of the Van Gogh Museum, under no. 6, fig. 6a
  • Vanbeselaere, W., De Hollandische periode in het werk van Vincent van Gogh, 1937, no. 57 pp. 284-285, 330, 346, 414
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 162
  • van Lindert, J. and E. van Uitert, een eigentïjdse expressje, 1990, p. 83
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 863 p. 346
  • Westheider, Ortrud & Michael Philipp, Van Gogh: Still Lifes, 2019, > 38 p. 14 ; p. 244 (ill.)

Additional Artwork by Artist

Autograph Letter from Auvers-Sur-Oise to the Ginoux Family in Arles Vincent van Gogh c. June 11, 1890
Back Garden of Sien's Mother's House, the Hague Vincent van Gogh 1882
Head of a Peasant Woman in a White Bonnet Vincent van Gogh 1885

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