“Weed burning farmer” is on display in the Drents Museum. The painting was bought by the Assen Museum, in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam.
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The wonderful oil painting is from Van Gogh’s Drents period, where he painted a number of scenes within the province’s countryside. It was bought for around 2.8 Million euros by both the Drents museum and the Van Gogh Museum. At the moment, the painting is on display in Assen, and will go down to Amsterdam to be displayed from March. As reported by RTV Drenthe.
“And after that, it will come back to Drenthe!”, said Harry Tupan, Director of the Drents Museum. “We must not move the painting continuously. It is important that in the long-term, it hangs somewhere permanently. That is much better for the condition of the painting.”
The work, entitled ‘Onkruid verbrandende boer’, or ‘Weed burning farmer’ was presented yesterday at the museum. The public will be able to view the piece from today, during the exhibition ‘Barbizon an het Noorden’.
Tupan presented the piece along with Adriaan Dönszelmann, who is the general Director of the Van Gogh Museum. He was also one of the driving forces behind the joint purchase of the piece, “it is great that we found each other quickly, then we knew that we were in the race [for the painting]. We quickly came to the conclusion that we are stronger together- and this has been proved because we were successful!”