The Drinkers: Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh: The Drinkers

The Drinkers by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh presents the silent act of drinking itself – perhaps an allusion to the ultimate isolation of alcoholism. The greenish hues, sketchy background, and swelling greyness of the clouds point to a pervasive intoxication.

Van Gogh painted this in 1890 during his time at the Asylum of Saint-Paul in Saint-Rémy and was inspired by a similar work by French artist Honoré Daumier which was painted 29 years earlier in 1861.

Vincent Van Gogh’s The Drinkers is in the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois.

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