Tentoonstelling Der Nagelaten Werken Van Vincent Van Gogh, Amsterdam

Richard Nicolaüs Roland Holst (Dutch, 1868–1938)


Sheet: 18.2 x 21 cm (7 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Catalogue with lithograph cover, oblong 8vo, six sheets

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

This catalogue was issued in Amsterdam in 1892 as a memorial for van Gogh who died two years earlier, the sunflower being van Gogh’s favorite subject. In this lithographed cover Roland Holst depicts his view on the artist Vincent van Gogh, personifying him as a sunflower. Turned away from the setting sun, the wilting flower symbolises the untimely death of Van Gogh, the halo referring to the artist’s saintly status.


1988, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam; 1988, sold by van Leeuwen to Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, Kingston, NY; February 5, 2008, Schiller-David Collection sale, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, lot 162, bought in; 2011, sold by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2011)

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William Francis Warden Fund, Edwin E. Jack Fund, Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, Harriet Otis Cruft Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund