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HAVE YOU SEEN THESE VAN GOGHS?
I own a wonderful book, The Complete Van Gogh by Jan Hulsker of more than 2100 reproductions by the Dutch master, which provides an incomparable overview of his artistic production. So today I’d like to offer a selection of works that might not be as familiar (with a few exceptions like Dr. Gachet), especially the drawings and sketches, which are displayed according to the places where they were created.*
(Note: the quotes do not always coincide with the actual creation of the drawing or sketch.)
Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.
Vincent, letter to his brother Theo, early January 1874
For make no mistake—much as I love landscape, I love figures even more. Still, it’s the hardest part, and of course takes me a great deal of study and work and time too.
Vincent to Theo, July 23, 1882
Come on, old chap, come and paint with me on the heath, in the potato field, come and walk with me behind the plough and the shepherd–come and stare into the fire with me—just let THE STORM THAT BLOWS ACROSS THE HEATH BLOW THROUGH YOU.
Vincent to Theo, October 15, 1883
I am now working on still lifes of my birds’ nests, and I’ve finished four of them. I think that some people who know nature might well like them because of the colors of the moss, dry leaves and grasses, clay, etc.
Vincent to Theo, October 4, 1885
In any event—whether people like or don’t like what I do and how I do it, for my part I know no other way but to to wrestle with nature until such time as she reveals her secret. I’m still working on various heads—hands—I’ve also drawn some more, perhaps you’ll see something in them—then again, perhaps, not. What can I do about it? Again—I know no other way…..
Vincent to Theo, January 26, 1885, probably studies for The Potato Eaters
…this part of the world seems to me to be as beautiful as Japan for the clearness of the atmosphere and gay color effects. The stretches of water make patches of a beautiful emerald and a rich blue in the landscapes as we see in Japanese prints.
Vincent to artist Emile Bernard, March 18, 1888
You eat better fish here than beside the Seine—only there isn’t fish to eat every day, as the fishermen go off to Marseille. But where there is some, it’s darned good.
Vincent to Theo, June 4, 1888
Now Egyptian art, for example, what makes it extraordinary, is it not that those calm, serene kings, wise and gentle, patient, good, seem unable to be other than they are; eternally farmers who worship the sun.
Vincent to Theo, June 9, 1889
I’ve seen Dr. Gachet, who gave me the impression of being rather eccentric, but his doctor’s experience must keep him balanced himself while combating the nervous ailment for which it seems to me he’s certainly suffering at least as seriously as I am.
Vincent to Theo, May 20, 1890
For the sources of this blog, see: Van Gogh and the Cypresses of Saint–Remy, September 29 and September 30.
The above images are used solely for educational purposes.