Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 18531890)
Chalk, pencil, pastel, watercolor; 15 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (39.4 x 57.8 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.774)
In the fall of 1881, Van Gogh briefly resided in Etten, where he produced a number of drawings of local peasants and laborers performing routine, humble tasks. This masterful work, in which a man with a broom is seen sweeping a street lined with pollard willows, is a characteristic example.