Van Gogh and the Postman

“I’m now working on the portrait of a postman with his dark blue uniform with yellow. A head something like that of Socrates, almost no nose, a high forehead, bald pate, small grey eyes, high coloured full cheeks, a big beard, pepper and salt, big ears.” Vincent van Gogh READ FULL ESSAY: Christie’s “While Roulin…

Van Gogh and Japan: Part 3

Japan in Arles “In early 1888, Van Gogh moved to Arles in the south of France, where he hoped to establish an art colony. Believing that painting could be reinvented through the genre of portraiture, he encouraged his fellow artists to paint themselves, and then to exchange the canvases. After receiving self-portraits from Emile Bernard…

Vincent van Gogh: L’homme est en mer (1889)

“Painted at Saint-Rémy in October 1889, Van Gogh’s haunting depiction of a young mother, pining for her husband away at sea, is a brilliant example of the artist’s transformative vision of a time-honoured subject… L’Homme est en mer is Van Gogh’s own interpretation of a work of the same title by his contemporary, the French…

Exhibition: Van Gogh in America (DIA)

“Van Gogh in America, at the Detroit Institute of Arts (2 October-22 January 2023), is the first show to tell the story of how US art lovers discovered Vincent’s work in the early 20th century. After a slow start, American collectors eventually flocked to buy his paintings, with many of their acquisitions ending up in…

Vincent van Gogh: Pietà (after Delacroix) 1889

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, September 1889 In the Autumn of 1889, Vincent remains ill. Consoling himself by copying works from some of his favorite artists, Vincent works in a small studio in the asylum of Saint Paul of Mausole in Saint Remy de Provence as he recovers from a prolonged episode of mental illness. To Theo, his brother,…

Hauser: La Califfa

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Vincent van Gogh Meets Dr. Who

This is a perfectly imagined and executed scene. Image Credit: Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890, Self-portrait, (1889). Paris, Orsay. by jean louis mazieres, Via Flickr: (Source: https://www.flickr.com/). Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Vincent van Gogh: Laboureur dans un champ, St Remy (1889)

Click For Enlarged Detail Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Details Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Laboureur dans un champ oil on canvas 19 7/8 x 25 ½ in. (50.3 x 64.9 cm.) Painted in Saint Rémy, early September 1889 image source: Christies Thanks for Visiting 🙂 ~Sunnyside

Vincent van Gogh: Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (1887)

In technique, Fishing in Spring is a testament to Vincent van Gogh’s friendship with Paul Signac. Van Gogh had seen works by Signac and Georges Seurat in the spring of 1886 at the final Impressionist exhibition. Signac was an eloquent spokesman for Seurat’s pioneering Neo-Impressionism, explaining it as a natural development of Impressionism. Under Signac’s…

Eva Cassidy: Fields of Gold

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Van Gogh: Two Cypresses (1889)

Cypresses was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The subject, which he found “beautiful as regards lines and proportions, like an Egyptian obelisk,” both captivated and challenged the artist: “It’s the dark patch in a sun-drenched landscape, but it’s one of the most…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 1

“All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art…” Vincent to his brother Theo from Arles, 15 July 1888 What did Van Gogh learn from Japanese prints? Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo had an extensive collection of Japanese prints. I want to understand how Japanese art changed van Gogh’s painting. Van…

Vincent van Gogh: Le moissonneur d’après Millet (1889)

Homage to Millet Painted at Saint-Rémy in September 1889 at a critical moment in the penultimate year of Vincent van Gogh’s life, Le moissonneur (d’après Millet) pays homage to the artist whom he most admired and respected: Jean-François Millet. Charged with intense colour and electrifying brushwork, this painting dates from the beginning of one of…

Vincent van Gogh: The Olive Trees (1889)

Finding Beauty in Hard Places In the aftermath of the 23 December 1888 breakdown that resulted in the self-mutilation of his left ear, Vincent voluntarily admitted himself to an asylum in Saint-Remy, France. Because he occupied two cells with barred windows, the clinic and its garden became the main subjects of his paintings. He was…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 2

‘Japonaiserie’ Begins The Convention of Kanagawa put an end to the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion. and opened trade between Japan and the West. Artists like Manet, Degas and Monet, followed by Van Gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block prints called ukiyo-e prints. Vincent and his brother Theo dealt in these prints,…

Van Gogh and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major

Hold on to your hats….wow  😉 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10, No. 3, Paavali Jumppanen, piano, Via herzogtum-sachsen-weissenfels   Click to View Enlarged Image: Slideshow best viewed At Sunnyside Image Credit: Vincent Van Gogh, Great Peacock Moth, Saint -Remy, May, 1889 in public domain via Van Gogh Museum….

Vincent van Gogh: A Tale of Two Paintings (1889)

Preface See previous posts for detailed images of The Olive Trees and The Starry Night. Note that Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background is also called The Olive Trees Vincent van Gogh painted at least 18 paintings of olive trees, but only one –The Olive Trees — was a complement to The Starry…

Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night (1889) in detail

Details Title: The Starry Night Creator: Vincent van Gogh Date Created: 1889 Style: Post-Impressionism Provenance: Acquired through the Lillie P.Bliss Bequest Original Title: La nuit étoilée More Info: View more works by Vincent van Gogh on MoMA.org External Link: View MoMA’s collection online Medium: Oil on canvas Image credit: Google Arts and Culture Click for…