Did Van Gogh paint when he was ill?

      02-09-2021     Comments (0)

When Vincent Van Gogh was suffering from severe mental illness in Arles, he was in hospital and could not paint at all. Later though, when he was recovering in the asylum in Saint-Rémy, work actually helped him to feel better. Today 132 years ago, on 2 September 1889, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: "Yesterday I started working again a little – a thing I see from my window – a field of yellow stubble which is being ploughed, the opposition of the purplish ploughed earth with the strips of yellow stubble, background of hills. Work distracts me infinitely better than anything else, and if I could once really throw myself into it with all my energy that might possibly be the best remedy.” Enclosed Field with Ploughman Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 1889 Oil on...

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Where did Van Gogh and Eugene Boch first meet?

      01-09-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh and Eugène Boch both painted in Paris, but they were introduced to each other later in Arles in 1888, by American post-impressionist Dodge MacKnight. Today 166 years ago, on 1 September 1855, the artist Eugene Boch (1 September 1855 - 3 January 1941) was born. Vincent van Gogh wrote to him only once, from Arles on 2 October 1888: "And lastly, a study of the Rhône, of the town under gaslight and reflected in the blue river. With the starry sky above — with the Great Bear — with a pink and green sparkle on the cobalt blue field of the night sky, while the light of the town and its harsh reflections are of a red gold and a green tinged with bronze. Painted at night.” Starry Night over the Rhône Arles, 1888 Oil on canvas 72,5 x 92 cm Musée d’Orsay, Paris...

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Which vineyards did Vincent van Gogh paint?

      30-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh painted The Green Vineyard on 3 October 1888 and The Red Vineyard on 3 November 1888. Today 133 years ago, on 30 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo from Arles: "We’ve had two or three glorious days here, very hot, with no wind. The grapes are beginning to ripen, but you hear people saying they won’t be good.” One month later Van Gogh painted 'The Green Vineyard' and two months later the famous ‘The Red Vineyard’ , which may be the only painting he ever sold. The Green Vineyard Arles, 1888 Oil on canvas 72 x 92 cm Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands You may also like to read: Which wine did Van Gogh drink? Was The Red Vineyard really the only painting Van Gogh ever sold? Our hand-painted...

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What kind of models did Vincent van Gogh like to paint?

      29-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh preferred to paint characteristic types, who were often peasants and laborers such as farmers, weavers, and fishermen. Today 133 years ago, on 29 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles about Patience Escalier (‘The peasant’): "I have two models this week, an Arlésienne and the old peasant, whom I’m doing this time against a bright orange background, which, although it doesn’t pretend to represent a red sunset in trompe l’oeil, is perhaps a suggestion of it, all the same.” And one week later on 3 September 1888 he wrote: "I’d like to paint men or women with that je ne sais quoi of the eternal, of which the halo used to be the symbol, and which we try to achieve through the radiance itself, through the vibrancy of our colorations."...

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What kind of woman was Vincent van Gogh attracted to?

      28-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh was attracted to intelligent women who had endured difficult lives. This extended to people looked down upon, including prostitutes, like Sien Hoornik. Today 138 years ago, between 23 and 29 August 1883, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from The Hague about Sien Hoornik: "I feel more compassion for the woman than ever before because I see that she’s very unsettled. I believe that at the moment she has no better friend than me, who would sincerely help her more if she allowed me to. But she doesn’t seek my trust, and makes me absolutely powerless by giving her trust to those who are in fact her enemies. I truly believe that she doesn’t understand that there is evil in what she does — or doesn’t want to understand it, I sometimes think.” The Brothel Arles, 1888 Oil on...

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What did Van Gogh buy for his mother’s birthday?

      27-08-2021     Comments (0)

In 1877 Vincent van Gogh lived in Amsterdam. He hadn’t started his career as a painter yet, but was preparing for theology studies at the university. Van Gogh had already been working for the art dealers Goupil & Cie in London. To give his mother a painting would be too expensive. Read below what he could afford. Today 144 years ago, on 27 August 1877, Vincent van Gogh wrote from Amsterdam: "My dear Theo, It’s nearing Ma’s birthday, so I’m sending you herewith a money order for 1.23 1/2 guilders, because I’d very much like to give something together with you. It isn’t much, but it’s all I have; if you add the same amount to it then we can nonetheless get a good photograph.” Portrait of Van Gogh's Mother Arles, 1888 Oil on canvas 40.5 × 32.5 cm Norton...

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Would a Van Gogh painting look good in your home?

      26-08-2021     Comments (0)

According to Vincent van Gogh a painting in a certain style should match the style of the house. Little did he know that especially his colorful paintings that he painted in France would be such a good match with many interiors 100 years after he died. Today 355 years ago, on 26 August 1666, Dutch artist Frans Hals died (1582 - 26 August 1666). Van Gogh was an admirer of his paintings and spent a lot of time researching his technique when he visited the Rijksmuseum in October 1885. On 9 June 1889 Vincent wrote to Theo van Gogh from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: "When I see a painting that intrigues me, I can never help asking myself, ‘in what house, room, corner of the room, in whose home would it do well, would it be in its rightful place’. Thus the paintings of Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer are only at home...

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Which of Van Gogh’s sunflowers is the fourth version?

      24-08-2021     Comments (0)

In August 1888 Vincent van Gogh painted 4 versions of his sunflowers series:   First version: Three Sunflowers in a Vase, private collection Second version: Vase with 5 Sunflowers, destroyed Third version: Vase with 12 Sunflowers, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany Fourth version: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, National Gallery, London And in January 1889 Van Gogh copied the fourth version 3 times:   First copy: Vase with 12 Sunflowers, Philadelphia Museum of Art Second copy: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Third copy: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo Today 133 years ago, on 24 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles: "I’m now on the fourth painting of sunflowers. This fourth one is a bouquet of 14 flowers and is on a...

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Were Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo best friends?

      23-08-2021     Comments (1)

Without doubt Vincent's brother Theo was his best friend. But even the best friendships have their dips. Today 137 years ago, on 23 August 1884, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Nuenen: "Please don’t think that I don’t want to remain good friends — but here it’s in the nature of the thing that it’s not possible; even if one were to try it, it still wouldn’t work. Anyway, it’s a situation that no one could do much about. I believe that your character has now set in a permanent mould — mine too — and the directions do not run parallel.” Their father Theodorus van Gogh tried to reassure Theo somewhat, and wrote the day before: "You will probably also receive a letter from V. I pray you don’t attach too much to it. He is evidently not well and...

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Which books did Vincent van Gogh read?

      22-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh was an avid reader. His favorite author was probably Charles Dickens, but he also read Michelet, Carlyle, Daudet, Flaubert, Balzac, Maupassant, Zola, Keats, Eliot, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Hans Christian Andersen, and many others. "I’d wish that everyone had what I’m gradually beginning to acquire, the ability to read a book easily and quickly and to retain a strong impression of it. Reading books is like looking at paintings: without doubting, without hesitating, with self-assurance, one must find beautiful that which is beautiful." Today 132 years ago, on 22 August 1889, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: "Whilst not liking Rod’s book excessively, I’ve nevertheless done a canvas of that passage in which he speaks of the darkish mountains and...

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How many Sunflowers did Vincent van Gogh paint?

      21-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh painted: 4 paintings with cut sunflowers, all in Paris in 1887: Four Cut Sunflowers (Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo) Two Cut Sunflowers (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) Two Cut Sunflowers (Kunstmuseum Bern) Two Cut Sunflowers (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) + 7 paintings with sunflowers in a vase, in Arles: Still Life: Vase with 5 Sunflowers, 1888 (Destroyed by fire in the Second World War) Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, 1888 (National Gallery, London) Still Life: Vase with 12 Sunflowers, 1888 (Neue Pinakothek, Munich) Three Sunflowers in a Vase, 1888 (Private collection, USA) Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, 1889 (Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo) Still Life: Vase with 15 Sunflowers, 1889 (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) Still Life: Vase with 12 Sunflowers, 1889 (Philadelphia Museum of...

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Was Vincent van Gogh poor?

      20-08-2021     Comments (0)

Vincent was financially supported by his younger brother Theo during his painting career. Theo sent him a lot more money than most people earned and Vincent had no children to take care of. Yet he often ran out of money as he spent a lot of money on canvas, paint and brushes to be able to produce nearly 900 paintings in 10 years time. Today 133 years ago, on 20 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles: "To be carefree, to hope that one of these days I’ll be freed from pennilessness: pure illusion. I’ll count myself well content to work for an allowance that’s just enough and my peace and quiet in my studio for the rest of my life.” Van Gogh probably sold just one painting during his life.. The Red Vineyard Arles, 1888 Oil on canvas 75 x 93 cm Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts,...

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How do children look at a Van Gogh painting?

      19-08-2021     Comments (0)

The ' Van Gogh Museum Eye-Tracking Project ’ found out that kids focus on the brightest colors and the most obvious items, whereas adults initially see the more understated features of the painting. Children’s instinctive way of looking disappears when they know more about the background of the painting. Toddlers lack any knowledge of art. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the stories they make up when they see a Van Gogh painting? We will probably never find out how they percieve Starry Night. At least we can notice them enjoying art. Today 132 years ago, on 19 August 1889, postman Joseph Roulin wrote to his good friend Vincent van Gogh from Marseille: "Marcelle is ever more beautiful, she is walking all on her own, she talks like a little Parrot. I can tell you that I spent a pleasant fortnight with...

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Did Vincent van Gogh dream about stars?

      18-08-2021     Comments (0)

Not only Van Gogh quotes like: "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” show his fascination with stars. Van Gogh's 'Starry Night', 'Starry Night over the Rhône' and 'Cafe Terrace at Night' have become world famous paintings with stars.  Van Gogh even decoreated his 'Portrait of Eugéne Boch’ with mysterious stars! Today 133 years ago, on 18 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo from Arles: "I exaggerate the blond of the hair, I come to orange tones, chromes, pale lemon. Behind the head — instead of painting the dull wall of the mean room, I paint the infinite. I make a simple background of the richest, most intense blue that I can prepare, and with this simple combination, the...

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Would Vincent van Gogh have been a bitcoiner?

      17-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh was well aware of the tulip bubble that took place 216 years before he was born. Would he compare bitcoin with a bubble? If Vincent had known about the stock-to-flow model that explains scarcity (S2F = existing stock / flow of yearly production), he would have understood bitcoin is nothing like the tulip mania. With its fixed supply (there will only be a maximum of 21 million bitcoin, ever) and its halving of production speed (mining) every four years, Van Gogh would have figured out bitcoin's deflationary nature. Try that with tulips. So yes Vincent and his brother Theo would probably have been bitcoiners! Today 136 years ago, on 17 August 1885, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo van Gogh from Nuenen: "And I wish you were, or would become, a painter. I put it bluntly, more strongly than before, because I...

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For whom did Vincent van Gogh paint the Blossoming Almond Tree?

      16-08-2021     Comments (0)

In 1890 Van Gogh painted “ Blossoming Almond Tree ” for his newly born nephew, and namesake, Vincent Willem van Gogh. His brother Theo deciding to name his son after Van Gogh shows again how deeply his love and respect ran. Today 132 years ago, on 16 August 1889, Jo van Gogh-Bonger (Theo’s pregnant wife) wrote to Vincent van Gogh from Paris: "You don’t know how often you are thought about and spoken of. Ma wrote, too, that she was longing for another letter from you — do you know what Cor brought me from her this morning? — a pair of the sweetest little socks for our little boy (for I still insist that it will be a little boy — even if you mock me for it!).” Blossoming Almond Tree Saint-Rémy de Provence, 1890 Oil on canvas 73,5 x 92 cm Van Gogh Museum,...

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Was Vincent van Gogh inspired by Eugène Delacroix?

      15-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh was not only inspired by Delacroix, he even copied his ‘ Pieta’ . In his own way.. Today 136 years ago, on 15 August 1885, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Anthon van Rappard from Nuenen: "Have you heard much about Eugène Delacroix? I’ve read a splendid article about him by Silvestre…. ...Delacroix writes to a friend: ‘the chapel where I painted my Pietà was so dark that at first I didn’t know how to paint so as to make my painting speak. So I was forced to paint the shadows in Christ’s dead body with Prussian blue, the lights with pure chrome yellow’. Here the writer adds, ‘one has to be Delacroix to dare do that’." And in 1889 Van Gogh copied Delacroix’ “Pieta" in his own style. Pieta Saint-Rémy, 1889...

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Did Vincent van Gogh and Django Reinhardt inspire each other?

      12-08-2021     Comments (0)

Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953) wasn’t born yet when Van Gogh painted " Encampment of Gypsies with Caravans ”. A creative soul like Vincent would probably have liked Django’s improvisations though. Not many people know that guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt also was a good painter, inspired by... Vincent van Gogh. And how many people know that Van Gogh... took piano lessons! Today 133 years ago, on 12 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles: "At the moment we have a very glorious, powerful heat here, with no wind, which suits me very well. Sunshine, a light which, for want of a better word I can only call yellow — pale sulphur yellow, pale lemon, gold. How beautiful yellow is!” "And a little study of a halting-place of fairground...

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Why did Vincent van gogh find drawing important?

      11-08-2021     Comments (0)

Van Gogh believed drawing would benefit his painting skills. Drawing was cheap compared with painting. And when the mistral wind was too fierce to put up his easel, drawing on paper tacked on board was no problem. Today 139 years ago, on 11 August 1882, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother from The Hague. This was at the beginning of his painting career: "Now I would like quietly to amass a good number of painted studies to hang in my studio without referring to this as a change. And should anyone express surprise at seeing painted work by me, to say: Well, did you think I had no feeling for that or couldn’t do it? But I’ve put a lot of work into drawing and will continue to do so, because it’s the backbone of painting, the skeleton supporting everything else.” And one day later: "When...

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How dependent on the weather was Vincent van Gogh to paint?

      09-08-2021     Comments (0)

As Van Gogh preferred to paint outside he had to deal with rain and snow, but also with wind. The strong Mistral wind in the South of France would often make it very hard for Vincent to paint. Today 133 years ago, on 9 August 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote from Arles to his brother: "I think it’s likely that we’re going to have great heat now, with no wind, the wind having blown for 6 weeks. In that case, it’s excellent that I have colours and canvases in stock, because I can already spot half a dozen subjects, especially this little farmhouse garden of which I sent you the drawing yesterday.” Garden at Arles Arles, July 1888 Oil on canvas 82,8 x 102,0 cm Kunstmuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands You may also like to read: What were the original colors of Van Gogh's paintings?...

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