Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather;
The Hague, August 1882;
Oil on canvas on cardboard, 34.5 x 51 cm;
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum;
Gift of E. Ribbius-Peletier.
When painting landscape, van Gogh always tried to paint figures in them. Van Gogh showed religiously approach to nature and landscape as if he could get a response from them. This is very similar as another landscape artist Ruisdael.
Van Gogh described the oil painting of seashore scenes in his letter to his brother Theo:
"I have been in Scheveningen frequently and have brought two small seascapes home with me. There is a great deal of sand in the first - but when it came to the second, with a storm blowing and the sea coming right up to the dunes, I had to scrape it totally clear twice because it was completely caked in sand. The storm was so rough that I could hardly stand, and could see next to nothing because of the blowing sand.