Testimonial self portrait – Paolo Klein

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INTERVIEW – PAOLO At Van Gogh Studio we received an unusual request. Paolo, a past customer of ours, had seen an image on the front of a leaflet. It was for an exhibition of Van Gogh’s works, the image was a Van Gogh self portrait that was changed slightly from the original. Paolo was taken with this variation on the well known work, and wanted an ‘original’ Van Gogh reproduction! Here’s an interview Van Gogh Studio conducted with Paolo, to find out more about this curious request, and his love of all things Van Gogh. Firstly Paolo, what led you to order from Van Gogh Studio? I’ve known Van Gogh Studio since 2006. For that painting in particular, in Milan, there was a Van Gogh Exhibition “L’uomo e la terra” whose advertising leaflet had a self-portrait. This image...

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Gauguin and Van Gogh #2

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Van Gogh enjoyed having Gauguin with him in Arles , and took him to all his favourite locations to paint, and they spent the days working together outside under the sun, just the paint and their ideas to contend with. Gauguin often urged Van Gogh to paint from the imagination instead, and there was a constant back and forth on this subject, with the artists trying both approaches, spending some days inside, others out in the open fields. Letter of hope In 2012 a letter jointly penned by Van Gogh and Gauguin was auctioned at Christies. The letter written on cheap paper ripped from a school exercise book speaks of their hopes of founding a community of brother artists, of a new renaissance in art. They both, it seemed, were inspired by each others company and had great hopes for the future. Van Gogh nervous about...

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Gauguin and Van Gogh #1

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Van Gogh first met Paul Gauguin, when along with Theo, he visited him in his studio in Paris. Some time later Gauguin attended a small exhibition Van Gogh held with some of his new artist friends, in a small café in Paris. Gauguin was very fond of Van Gogh’s work at the exhibition, in particular, Two Sunflowers , an early impressionist work of van Gogh’s. Gauguin was able to prize it from him by swapping it for one of his own. Paris was too much for both men, for Gauguin it was the rich and vacuous art world, for Van Gogh it was more the busy and crowded way of life. And they both soon heading into more rural and quiet areas. Lonely in Arles During his time in Arles , Van Gogh not having any artist friends around him had become lonely, and in his letter to Theo told him of his situation....

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2015 The Year of Van Gogh

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This year marks the 125th year since Van Gogh’s death. He is still revered around the world, and continues to inspire new generations, so to celebrate the work and life of the Dutch master, this year has been named ‘Van Gogh Year’. Events in four countries This is the largest event ever planned to honour Van Gogh, and along with the museums where his work is already displayed, there is also some 30 organisations, all coming together to put on the event. There will be special programs in places where Van Gogh lived and worked, including cycling tours through areas of significance, such as his homeland of Brabant , cultural events, and of course a whole plethora of digital apps to help connect the younger generations to the mythical and still significant life story of Van Gogh. The whole event...

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The timeline of Van Gogh’s life as a painter

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The actual timeline of Van Gogh and his creative output is often overlooked. To some he is just the ‘crazy’ artist that cut off his ear in a fit of passion, but Van Gogh was an artist that worked hard at his craft, and learnt from the art of his day and the world around him. He picked up a brush with the aim of becoming an artist at the age of 27, incredibly late for a painter that became a master and died at the age of 37. Pastor Van Gogh He had spent his working life before his change in career, as a pastor, mainly surrounded by the poor. Through the patronage and support of his brother Theo, himself an art dealer, Van Gogh was able to devote his life to painting in the year 1880. He studied various techniques and practiced every day. His first well-known painting would take him five years of study...

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