Posts Tagged ‘van Gogh’

Loving Vincent

December 21, 2017

Some thoughts on the movie Loving Vincent… It is both spectacular and maddening. The plot is ridiculous: Armand Roulin, twenty-something son of the bushy-bearded postmaster whom Van Gogh painted so memorably, is tasked by his father with traveling to Paris in order to deliver Vincent’s final letter (to his brother, Theo). Armand has reservations about […]

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Met Faves – Van Gogh and *Real* Art History

November 19, 2017

Visiting Arles, France made a huge impression on me. This is where Vincent Van Gogh had the most productive painting period of his life – one of the most productive of any artist’s life, in fact. Almost everything he painted at Arles is recognized as a masterpiece, and is recognizable by even casual observers: his […]

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Accumulations, Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama

October 20, 2017

“Accumulations” are what Yayoi Kusama called these multiple soft sculpture phalluses that she patiently sewed and placed in rooms, in platforms mounted on floors and walls, and even in two rowboats. Kusama made these pillow-esque, polka-dotted, cartoon-like, engorged phalluses as a way to get over her fear of sex – and one vintage 1960s photo […]

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The Art of Alzheimer’s

February 21, 2016

There’s an inspiring exhibition right now at Seattle City Hall that deals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The works on paper were created by artists aged 60 – 101, all of whom are living with some stage of the disease. Please notice that I didn’t write “suffering from”…they are “living with” this disease, and that kind […]

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Road Trip: Van Gogh’s Arles, Part 2

October 29, 2015

Arles has managed to keep the look and feel captured by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. Here is the hospital where he stayed after he cut off his ear. It’s been converted into an art center called Espace Van Gogh, with small souvenir shops (mostly related to art) on the ground level. The garden is […]

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Road Trip: Van Gogh’s Arles

October 27, 2015

One of the most stunning places I’ve been to is Arles, in the south of France, specifically retracing some of Van Gogh’s steps. This is where Vincent van Gogh spent about a year – probably the most eventful year of his life. Arles is where he created many of his masterpieces (the painting of his […]

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365 Days of Art: December 23 – Vincent Cuts Off Ear

December 23, 2014

December 23, 1888 After an argument with his housemate and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh cuts off at least part of his own ear. Many details are missing or unclear, since Vincent himself has no memory of the incident. We know that Gauguin and Vincent are housemates, and that Vincent has been dreaming […]

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November 28 – Bazille Killed on Battlefield

November 30, 2014

November 28, 1870 Impressionist painter Frédéric Bazille dies on the battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War. He is fighting with the Zouaves, a light infantry regiment, and has been frustrated at the lack of action. Today, in a minor battle, his officer is injured and Bazille takes command. He leads an assault on the Prussians, is […]

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365 Days of Art: November 24 – Vincent Moves to Antwerp

November 24, 2014

November 24, 1885 Vincent van Gogh moves to Antwerp, hoping to make a living by painting portraits and views of the town.

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365 Days of Art: November 7 – MoMA Opens

November 13, 2014

November 7, 1929 The Museum of Modern Art opens in NYC. Its first exhibition is Cezanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh.

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365 Days of Art: October 23 – Gauguin Moves in with Vincent; Art Exhibition Takes on Chicago Mayor’s Brutality

October 23, 2014

October 23, 1888 Paul Gauguin arrives in Arles to live with Vincent van Gogh in the Yellow House. This is something Vincent has wanted for some time, but his dreams of an art community dissipate as he and Gauguin repeatedly clash. By the end of the fall, Gauguin moves out and Vincent infamously cuts off […]

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365 Days of Art: October 16 – Vincent Describes a Painting He Hasn’t Painted Yet

October 16, 2014

October 16, 1888 Vincent writes a descriptive letter to his brother: My dear Theo, At last I can send you a little sketch to give you at least an idea of the way the work is shaping up. For today I am all right again. My eyes are still tired but then I had a […]

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365 Days of Art: September 16 – Van Gogh Moves into the Yellow House

October 8, 2014

September 16, 1888 Van Gogh moves into the Yellow House in Arles. In a letter to Theo, he describes it like this: Also a sketch of a 30 square canvas representing the house and its setting under a sulphur sun under a pure cobalt sky. The theme is a hard one! But that is exactly […]

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365 Days of Art: September 11 – Vincent Leaves Girlfriend and Moves to Drenthe

October 6, 2014

September 11, 1883 After a sometimes stormy one-year relationship, Vincent leaves his girlfriend Sien, the only long-term domestic relationship outside of his family that he will ever have, and moves to Drenthe, a province in the Netherlands.

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365 Days of Art: July 31 – Vincent’s Sister-in-Law Wishes She’d Been Kinder to Him

July 31, 2014

July 31, 1890 Theo van Gogh’s wife, Jo, writes to Theo just after Vincent’s death: If only I’d been a bit kinder to him when he was with us! She’s referring to Vincent’s last visit to them earlier in the month, which everyone admitted was tense and strained.

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