Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries

Van Gogh museum

From the Google cache. Picture by Alan Grinberg.

Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries

Date: 11/6/05 at 6:15PM

Yesterday, to Amsterdam.

Cormorants sitting and flying from the train.

On the Dam square of Amsterdam, there is a street soccer championship.

At the moment, two teams of girls about thirteen years of age play against each other.

However, I see mainly backs of taller spectators.

Also both teams play in blue shirts which is confusing.

So, I go on to the Van Gogh museum.

Vincent van Gogh’s legacy is 900 paintings. Of these, 206 are in the Van Gogh museum.

Also, 1100 drawings. Of these, 500 are in the Van Gogh museum.

And 800 letters, mainly to his brother Theo. Of these, 770 are in the Van Gogh museum.

There is a exhibition there of works by Vincent van Gogh and artists shortly before or after him; from the private Noro foundation collection.

Interesting in this exhibition is the discovery of maybe Van Gogh’s earliest self-portrait.

Other paintings in the exhibition are by Camille Pissarro; Johan Barthold Jongkind; Claude Monet; Alfred Sisley; Maximilien Luce; Paul Signac; Pierre-Auguste Renoir; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; Emile Bernard; Henri-Edmond Cross; Albert Marquet; the Austrian Carl Moll; and Dutch Jan Sluijters and Kees van Dongen.

Finally, one work by Pablo Picasso: from his first successful exhibition in Paris in 1901: Still life with flowers.

Hokusai was an influence on Van Gogh. So was Hiroshige.

Opposition to modern art in the USA today: here.

9 thoughts on “Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries

  1. Apr 11, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    STANFORD, CA, United States (UPI) — A U.S. ophthalmologist has recreated famous works of art as the painters might have seen their own work while suffering from eye disease.

    Dr. Michael Marmor of the Stanford University School of Medicine combined computer simulation with his own medical knowledge to recreate images of some of the masterpieces of French impressionistic painters Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Both painters continued to work while struggling with cataracts and retinal disease.

    In Marmor`s simulated versions of how the painters would most likely have seen their work, Degas` later paintings of nude bathers become so blurry it`s difficult to see any of the artist`s brush strokes. Monet`s later paintings, when adjusted to reflect the typical symptoms of cataracts, appear dark and muddied.

    Degas and Monet were founders of the Impressionist era and their artistic styles were well formed before disease affected their vision, Marmor said. But their paintings grew significantly more abstract in later life as their eye problems increased.

    A paper detailing Marmor`s research appeared in the December issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.


  2. Unknown van Gogh painting uncovered in Croatian museum

    Apr 11, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    Zagreb – A painting which experts believe is an orginal work of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), was reported Wednesday to have been discovered in a Croatian museum.

    The painting was being held in storage and not on display, said officials of Zagreb’s largest museum, the Mimara. Dutch art expert John Sillevis had confirmed the authenticity of the work.

    The oil painting depicts five women and a girl in a forest and is signed ‘Vincent.’ The museum’s art historians believe that, judging by the signature, the work was painted painter in 1882.

    Further analysis of the painting was planned in order to confirm its authenticity and assess its value.

    © 2007 dpa – Deutsche Presse-Agentur


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