Kingfisher by the Waterside
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Paris, July-August 1887
Original: oil on canvas, 19.1 x 26.6 cm, wxh
This kingfisher sits by the waterside, on the lookout for fish. Van Gogh had a mounted kingfisher, which has been preserved. Comparing this painting to the mounted bird, one notices a couple of differences. Van Gogh made the tail slightly longer in the painting, probably to achieve a balance with the raised beak. He also gave the bird feet – useful to have when perched on a reed stem. The kingfisher’s brilliant blue plumage looks a little dull here.
Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his paintings page.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
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