Posts Tagged ‘Van Gogh’

I have visited the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam on a number of occasions but was unaware that he had lived in the UK for 3 years or seen any of his UK pictures.

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Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night 1888 Vincent Van Gogh – ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’. Paris, Musée d’Orsay. Photo – RMN-Grand Palais/Hervé Lewandowski.

If you ask the average man or woman in the street to name a famous painter, they’d probably pick Vincent Van Gogh. He’s one of the most memorable artists who ever lived with his vibrant paintings which strike a powerful emotional chord.

Van Gogh has been immortalised in songs, Hollywood films, posters, advertisements and even on tea towels. He’s quintessentially Dutch, having been born in the Netherlands, but lived for most of his artistic life in France.

But few people know that he also lived in England for three years between 1873-1876.  The Van Gogh exhibition at the Tate Britain takes us on his British journey and looks at how he was influenced by his stay in London.  But does it tell us anything new about him?

Van Gogh’s Love of Britain

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Some final pictures of paintings by one of my favourite artists

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Although I had visited the museum before, I had not known about Van Gogh’s liking for Japanese art and that he had produced a number of pictures in the Japanese-style.

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Some landscapes by Van Gogh

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I am away this week so am re-posting some posts on art in Amsterdam .

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Vincent van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853. After school he went to work for an art dealers, but in pursuing his desire to become a pastor, he left in 1879 and went to work as a missionary in a poor mining region in Belgium. The scenes that he saw here are captured in some of his paintings.

"The potato eaters, Vincent van Gogh (1885)" / "De aardappeleters, 1885 Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)"
The Potato eaters
Photo by BlikStjinder (http://www.flickr.com/photos/blikstjinder/)

In 1885 he moved first to Paris and then to the South of France and concentrated on his painting. He continued to struggle throughout his life with mental and physical health issues. In Paris, he developed a friendship with the artist Paul Gauguin and the two painters lived together for while in Arles, but in December 1888 Van Gogh in a bout of depression threatened Gauguin with a Razor and was admitted to the local psychiatric hospital. Gauguin left Arles and the two never met again. Van Gogh went first to a hospital in San-Remy and then to Auvers-sur-Oise. It was at Anvers that he committed suicide on 27 July 1890.

Bedroom in Arles

Bedroom in Arles

Even when his illness prevented him going out he found subjects to paint

Even when his illness prevented him going out he found subjects to paint

Van Gogh was 47 years old when he died. His works are famous for their use of colour and their bold style.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Vincent Van Gogh (4)

Posted: December 13, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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Some final pictures of paintings by one of my favourite artists

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Vincent Van Gogh (3)

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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Some landscapes by Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh (2)

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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Although I had visited the museum before, I had not known about Van Gogh’s liking for Japanese art and that he had produced a number of pictures in the Japanese-style.

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Vincent van Gogh (1)

Posted: December 7, 2013 in Amsterdam, History, Netherlands
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During our recent visit to Amsterdam, we went to the Van Gogh Museum.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Vincent van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853. After school he went to work for an art dealers, but in pursuing his desire to become a pastor, he left in 1879 and went to work as a missionary in a poor mining region in Belgium. The scenes that he saw here are captured in some of his paintings.

"The potato eaters, Vincent van Gogh (1885)" / "De aardappeleters, 1885 Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)"
The Potato eaters
Photo by BlikStjinder (http://www.flickr.com/photos/blikstjinder/)

In 1885 he moved first to Paris and then to the South of France and concentrated on his painting. He continued to struggle throughout his life with mental and physical health issues. In Paris, he developed a friendship with the artist Paul Gauguin and the two painters lived together for while in Arles, but in December 1888 Van Gogh in a bout of depression threatened Gauguin with a Razor and was admitted to the local psychiatric hospital. Gauguin left Arles and the two never met again. Van Gogh went first to a hospital in San-Remy and then to Auvers-sur-Oise. It was at Anvers that he committed suicide on 27 July 1890.

Bedroom in Arles

Bedroom in Arles

Even when his illness prevented him going out he found subjects to paint

Even when his illness prevented him going out he found subjects to paint

Van Gogh was 47 years old when he died. His works are famous for their use of colour and their bold style.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait