The Smoker: Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh: The Smoker

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

He 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 in the face, and with his characteristic heavy slabs of paint follows 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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