Stolen On December 7, 2002
From Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
On a blustery day, Van Gogh set up his easel and painted “plein-air” (English in the open air) at a beach resort, Scheveningen, near The Hague to paint View of the Sea at Scheveningen. While Impressionists are often given credit for painting outdoors, they were not the first to do so. Most, however, made sketches on the spot and worked on the painting in a studio. In this case, Van Gogh struggled with the strong wind which sent grains of sand into his thickly applied paint. Although most of the sand was scraped off, there are still a few grains of sand enmeshed in the layers of paint.The tumultuous weather is well depicted with white-capped seas, threatening sky and wind-blown flags. This painting was stolen from the Van Gogh Museum on December 7, 2002 and, at the time of this article, is no longer on display.