Vincent van Gogh: The Smoker

The Smoker: Vincent van Gogh

The Smoker is an 1888 Post-Impressionist painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.

Analysis of van Gogh’s The Smoker

In his particular Post-Impressionist style, Vincent van Gogh paints The Smother – a mustachioed peasant smoking his pipe in 1888.

The subject rather sadly looks out at us, showing deep humanity; as if listening to a sad story or perhaps as an emblem of the sorry state of the hard peasant life. Van Gogh paints with brio here, especially on the face, and with his characteristic heavy slabs of paint following the coarse thread of the jacket.

Vincent van Gogh’s The Smoker is in the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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