Cart with Black Ox

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Cart with Black Ox

Cart with Black Ox, or The Ox-Cart, is an oil painting created in 1884 by Vincent van Gogh. It was donated in 2007 to the Portland Art Museum.[1]

An early work created in the village of Nuenen before Van Gogh went to the South of France, the painting has a dark palette[1] and has been described as "disquieting"; the ox and cart are both decrepit.[2] A related painting made the same year, Cart with Red and White Ox, is in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands. Cart with Black Ox was owned by a family who had bought it in 1950, and as of 2010 is the most valuable gift yet made to the Portland Art Museum.[1][3]

In 2010 the painting was analyzed by digital X-ray and CT scanning to look for information on the artist's working methods and to add to the database at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. A painted-out flying bird was discovered.[3]

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