Arts Everyday Living: Paths to Creativity–Living Portraits with Van Gogh, Cassatt

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PATHS TO CREATIVITY, III

LIVING PORTRAITS, TIMELESS ART

 

 

You are kind to painters and I tell you, the more I think it over, the more I feel there is nothing more artistic than to love people.

Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother Theo, September 17, 1888

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So then, according to Vincent van Gogh, is loving others an act of creativity?  Vincent, too, was  constantly seeking subjects for portraits, once writing to Theo that I prefer painting people’s eyes to cathedrals…* What about the portraits of people we see each day, whether on the street, in the office hallways, or at a check-out counter? And do we view a child with new eyes after experiencing a work such as Mary Cassatt’s timeless Margot below?

 

Cassatt

Mary Cassatt, Margot, pastel, 1902, Private Collection

 

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) both participated in the then revolutionary movements of Impressionism and other avant-garde styles rocking the Parisian art establishment in the closing decades of the 19th century. After staying two years in the French capital, van Gogh left for Arles, France, where he was inspired by the landscape and the local population.  While Cassatt remained, eventually focusing on the theme of the mother and child, with which she is still identified.

*Quote from December 19, 1885 letter, Vincent to Theo van Gogh.

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