Last weekend, at the 'Becoming Van Gogh' exhibit in Denver, I was delighted to see one of Vincent's Weaver paintings and one of the sketches he did of a weaver. I'm pretty sure the painting was the one above, based on notes I scribbled in my tiny notebook.
Van Gogh painted images multiple times. He painted, and sketched, a number of weavers. They were of the working class that he loved to paint.
I am assuming it was from these weavers that he begged, borrowed, or bought the yarn he used to figure out how to get his color effects that I mentioned in the previous post.
I also copied own a quote from his letters. He said, "I assure you that there's a lot involved in compositions with figures... It's like weaving... you must control and keep an eye on several things at once."
I am delighted that one of my favorite artists was familiar with, and appreciated, the work of the weaver.
(Again, as no photos were allowed in the exhibit, these images are from the internet.)