Vincent van Gogh, Carpenter (1880), and Woman Mourning (1882)
Van Gogh worked as an artist only during the last ten years of his life, from the age of 27 until he died at 37. During the first two years of that decade, Van Gogh did drawings only, teaching himself how to draw. As you can see in the drawing of the Carpenter, he struggled with problems of proportion and placement of forms. By 1882, however – two years later – in his Woman Mourning, Van Gogh had overcome his difficulties with drawing and increased the expressive quality of his work.
from “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”