Vincent van Gogh

Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums


– Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam Historisch Museum

“No.13, Coll. Dressman

Broikleen: M.Y.R. Dressman

Besl. B en W., 11 Nov. 1927, No 368K

Geteekend: c/o Vincent

Schilder: Vincent van Gogh

Maten: 61cm breed 46 cm”

– Goudstikker–label: 18 Feb.- 26 Mar. 1933, No. 120

– Wisselingh label, stock number: 810 X (“from coll. M.Y.R. Dressman”)

– Dreesmann collection stamp

– stamp: “AJK” or “AJH” [same as on Bonnard The Port of Cannes, NGC, no. 5879]

– Manchester Art Gallery, no. 5797

C.M. van Gogh Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [1]

J. Hidde Nijland (1856–1931), Dordrecht, The Netherlands [2]

by 1927/11/11–1950
Wilhelmus Josephus Rudolphus Dreesmann (1885–1954), Amsterdam [3]

E.J. Van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam, purchased from Dreesmann [4]

National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Van Wisselingh [5]

The main source for this provenance is de la Faille's catalogue raisonné, cat. no. 241 [de la Faille, Jacob-Baart. “The works of Vincent van Gogh: his paintings and drawings.” Paris and Brussels 1928, reprint New York: Reynal, in association with Morrow, 1970]. Exceptions and other supporting documents are noted.

[1] The Amsterdam art dealer Cornelius Marinus van Gogh (1824–1908) was the uncle of the artist. The sales catalogue “Tentoonstelling van schilderijen, teekeningen, etsen, enz. van de firma C.M. van Gogh.” [Amsterdam: M.J.P. van Santen, Jan.4, 1896] includes a painting by van Gogh, titled Bloemen as no. 13, but no dimensions are given and no reproduction is included.

[2] Hidde Nijland, ship-builder and founder of the Hidde Nijland Museum in Hindeloopen, The Netherlands, was an avid art collector, who owned a large collection of Van Gogh drawings. The stock book of the Amsterdam art dealer E. J. Van Wisselingh & Co. mentions him and as a former owner of the work [Wisselingh archive, stock number S 7107, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Dokumentatie, The Hague, The Netherlands].

[3] W.J.R. Dreesmann, son of A.C.R. Dreesmann, co-founder of the Dutch department store Vroom & Dreesmann was an active art and antiques collector. The stretcher of the painting bears the stamp “Collectie Dreesmann”, as well as an exhibition label by the Stedelijk Museum/ Amsterdam Historisch Museum, dated November 11, 1927, mentioning Dreesmann as lender [copy in NGC curatorial file; Dreesmann's name is misspelled Dressman: Inv. no. 368K]. Dreesmann is also recorded in the stock book of E.J. Van Wisselingh & Co. as owning the work until 1950 [see note 2]. While in Dreesmann's possession, the painting was shown at various international exhibitions ["Dutch Art 1450–1900.” Royal Academy, Burlington House, London, January–March 1929, cat. no. 448; "Vincent van Gogh en zijn tijdgenooten.” Stedelijk Museum, September 6 – November 2, 1930, no. 4; "Vincent van Gogh, loan collection of paintings & drawings." City of Manchester Art Gallery, October 13 – 27 November, 1932; "Het Stilleven ten bate van de Vereeniging "Rembrandt" in de zalen van den Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker.” Amsterdam, February 18–March 19, 1933, cat. no. 120; "Vincent van Gogh: een documentaire tentoonstelling in het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1945." Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Mai 1945, p. 12].

[4] The Van Wisselingh stock book notes that the painting was purchased from Dreesmann in 1950 and sold to the National Gallery of Canada the same year [See note 2].

[5] Accession Log [NGC curatorial file].

Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums
oil on canvas
61 x 45.9 cm
Credit line
Purchased 1950
Accession number

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