Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

What should a peasant painting smell like? Van Gogh has an opinion…

Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, 1885, oil on canvas, 82 x 114 cm (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Vincent van Gogh Foundation). A conversation with Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker.


Additional resources:

This painting at the museum

Another version of this painting at the Kröller-Müller Museum

Van Gogh as a peasant painter — from the Van Gogh Museum

Nineteenth-Century French Realism on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

French Paintings of the 19th Century from The National Gallery of Art

Linda Nochlin and Dan Karlholm, “Misery, Beauty, and Other Issues: Linda Nochlin in Conversation with Dan Karlholm”

Art Term: Academy (from Tate)


Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters," in Smarthistory, January 8, 2020, accessed April 17, 2024,