Van Gogh Studio in Dutch TV commercial

  01/09/2016     Comments (0)

In 2010 a Dutch production company were putting the final preparations together for their 30 second TV commercial, and gave Van Gogh Studio a ring. Could they rent a Van Gogh reproduction? Dropje? The commercial tells the story of Klene, he makes the famous Dutch sweet, dropje. For those who are unfamiliar with it, it’s something close to liquorice with a salty twist. This particular type are in the shape of a coin, and Klene makes real coins, not fake ones, so no counterfeits, only originals! The reproduction never made it home We see the many people living close by Klene, who is working hard in his laboratory looking partly wise professor, and partly elderly hunk. He’s bothered by the goings on around him, and when he his neighbours doing things, not quite authentic. A woman singing out of key. Now in...

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Japonaiserie: Bridge in the Rain

  01/09/2016     Comments (0)

Bridge in the Rain is one of the few Japanese reproductions van Gogh painted. He would directly copy an already existing work, in this case a woodcut by the artist Utagawa Hiroshige. His love of Japanese art was well-known: “I envy the Japanese for the enormous clarity that pervades their work. It is never dull and never seems to have been made in haste. Their work is as simple as breathing and they draw a figure with a few well chosen lines with the same ease, as effortless as buttoning up one’s waistcoat…” Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, 24 September 1888. Van Gogh adds more colour Van Gogh would add more colour to these already colourful works, and the figures and shapes are also slightly re-worked, instead of following the style van Gogh always infused the works with his own...

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Cafe Terrace au Place du Forum

  01/09/2016     Comments (0)

This work by van Gogh, also called  Cafe at Night , is one of his most recognizable. It depicts a night time setting, in Arles , in the south of France. It’s a place that still stands, just as it looks in the artwork, and every year many fans of van Gogh take a trip and visit the area, to see the real setting that inspired the masterpiece and stand at the exact angle van Gogh would have set up his easel and canvas. That yellow light The work is famous for being the first starry night van Gogh ever painted, Starry Night , for example, was still a year away. It is also interesting for van Gogh’s choice of not using black at all to depict night: ‘Here you have a nocturnal scene without any black, only beautiful blue and violet and green, and in these surroundings the lighted...

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Which painting did Van Gogh sell?

  01/09/2016     Comments (0)

The one painting Van Gogh sold Other than paintings that Van Gogh gave to friends, or swapped for other work, there is only one he sold during his lifetime. The Red Vineyards near Arles was painted in 1888, one of many landscape paintings Van Gogh did during this period, detailing the environment and those that spend the days working within it. In a letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh describes the scene he painted: “… we saw a red vineyard, all red like red wine. In the distance it turned to yellow, and then a green sky with the sun, the earth after the rain violet, sparkling yellow here and there where it caught the reflection of the setting sun.” Reds, yellows, violets and greens The painting is huge mix and contrast of colours, the sun low in the sky sends warm yellow light out...

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The History of the Van Gogh Museum

  31/08/2016     Comments (0)

When Van Gogh died in 1890 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, all his work was bequeathed to Theo. After he himself passed away a mere 6 months later, the whole breadth of work was left in possession of his widow, Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger. She was able to sell many of the works as they became popular and help spread the unique philosophy and style of Van Gogh, though she did keep a private collection. Her son Vincent Willem van Gogh became the heir after her death in 1925, and he loaned the private collection to the Stedelijk Museum so the public could have permanent access. Van Gogh needs a museum of his own Due to the fame of Van Gogh’s work, and the still rising interest, the Van Gogh Foundation was started in 1962, and plans were put in place to create a new home for the artworks. The following year Gerrit...

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