Vincent van Gogh
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It’s a rainy day in Amsterdam… But like Vincent would say: “Keep your chin up, old boy, after rain comes sunshine, just keep hoping for that.” More about this letter: vangoghletters.or... Vincent van Gogh (1853 -1890), Sower in the Rain, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Vincent wrote to his brother Theo on the 2nd of July 1889: “I still have canvases in Arles that weren’t dry when I left, I very much want to go and get them one of these days in order to send them to you.” Shortly after this, he collected six canvases from Arles and sent them to Theo. ‘Orchard in blossom with a view of Arles’ was one of them. Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Orchard in blossom with a view of Arles, 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
On or about 19 June 1888 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his friend, the painter Emile Bernard: "I don’t hide from you that I don’t detest the countryside — having been brought up there, snatches of memories from past times, yearnings for that infinite of which the Sower, the sheaf, are the symbols, still enchant me as before. But when will I do the starry sky, then, that painting that’s always on my mind?" vangoghletters.or...
As a token of friendship, Vincent asked his brother to give his friend Paul Gauguin a version of ‘La Berceuse’. In a letter on the 23rd of May 1889 he wrote to Theo: “But if Gauguin wants sunflowers instead, it’s only absolutely fair that he gives you something that you like as much in exchange. Gauguin himself above all liked the sunflowers later, when he had seen them for a long time.” - vangoghletters.or... Which one do you like best?
There is a good chance that Vincent van Gogh became such a great artist, because of the creative influence of his mother Anna. You can read more about Anna and the relationship she had with her son via www.leiden.nu/... (in Dutch), written by one of our fans: Auke-Florian. Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Portrait of Artist's Mother, October 1888. Oil on canvas. Norton Simon Museum (Norton Simon Art Foundation).
Till January 26 2014 the exhibition ‘Van Gogh Repetitions’ is on show at The Phillips Collection in Washington, featuring a.o. our Portrait of Camille Roulin. More info: http://www.phillipscollection.org/exhibitions/2013-10-12-exhibition-van-gogh-repetitions.aspx Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Portrait of Camille Roulin, 1888. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Camille Roulin, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation). Now on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art.