Vincent van Gogh
All things Van Gogh related @ Van Gogh Museum
Today is the start of the Boekenweek (National Book Week). From early on, Vincent van Gogh was fascinated by books. Here’s a video explaining why Vincent van Gogh depicted three realistic novels in 1887: youtu.be/B0LT0NsH76Y Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Three novels, 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
On or about 25 February 1889 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother: "When Mrs Roulin also left, to go and live with her mother in the country for the time being, she took away the Berceuse. I had the sketch of it and two repetitions. She had a good eye and took the best one, only I’m currently redoing it. And I don’t want this one to be inferior." Full letter: vangoghletters.or...
Today in 1888 Anton Mauve died. He was Vincent’s cousin by marriage and his first teacher. Vincent wrote: ‘Mauve gave me encouragement recently when I needed it. He’s a man of genius’ vangoghletters.or... Around 30 March 1888, Van Gogh painted “Pink peach trees (‘Souvenir de Mauve’)” as a gift to Mauve’s widow. This painting is now in the collection of Kröller-Müller Museum.
Today is the birthday of Vincent Willem van Gogh (1890), son of Vincent’s brother Theo van Gogh and Jo Van Gogh-Bonger. Vincent wrote to his mother: I started right away to make a painting for him, to hang in their bedroom. Large branches of white almond blossom against a blue sky. Image: Vincent van Gogh, Almond blossom, 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Only a few more days to visit the exhibition Van Gogh Repetitions at the Phillips Collection in Washington before it closes on 2 February. There are some works from our collection on display as well, like this one depicting a member of the Roulin family. More info: www.phillipscolle... Image: Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Marcelle Roulin, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
"... it’s not copying pure and simple that one would be doing. It is rather translating into another language, the one of colours, the impressions of chiaroscuro and white and black." - Vincent van Gogh, 13 January 1890 - Full letter: vangoghletters.or... - Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Evening (after Millet), 1889, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
‘I’m just writing to wish you a happy New Year, may it be a good year for you in every way and, I add egoistically, for myself as well’ – Vincent van Gogh Full letter: vangoghletters.or... Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), sketch for ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’, 1888, from a letter to Eugène Boch. vangoghletters.or...