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Drenthe inspired Vincent to further explore country landscapes and to return to peasant portraiture

Drenthe inspired Vincent to further explore country landscapes and to return to peasant portraiture

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Drenthe inspired Vincent to further explore country landscapes and to return to peasant  portraiture, but he had difficulty finding a steady place to live or a studio. He moved from  Hoogeveen to Nieuw Amsterdam, but quickly ran out of painting and drawing materials,  and out of loneliness and lack of supplies, in January 1884 he was forced to move to his  parents' new home in Nuenen. Despite the miserable weather, the solitude, and ill  preparation, his three month stay in Drenthe did produce fine landscape paintings in oil  like the geometrically simplified and expressively Realist  Farms  and  Drawbridge in  Nieuw Amsterdam.  Vincent's paint handling had improved, but he still had not settled  into a distinctive style and had not yet made his tremendous and influential advances in  color. He was uncomfortable staying with his parents in Nuenen, but did manage a 
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  • Fall '11
  • staff
  • new home, Nieuw Amsterdam. Vincent, expressively Realist  Farms, fine landscape paintings, Antoon Hermans–the catch

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