Self-Portrait (August, 1887 in Paris)

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Notice the expression between the brows down to the eyes

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Vince was 34
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Method: Oil on Canvas
Size: 44.5cm x 33.6cm
Location: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
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“If, on the other hand, one wants the truth, life as it is, then there are so many other masterpieces, all portraying life as we feel it themselves, thus satisfying our need for being told the truth.” (From Vince to Wilhelmina van Gogh, 1887, Paris)
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First time I met Vince, this was the portrait that got me; shook me to the core and since haven’t let me go from Gogh’s wonders.
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Feel art, indulge in it. Techniques and stuff can be left with scholars
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Art is good; good is art

Lilac Bush (Lilacs) – May, 1990, Saint-Remy

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Lilac Bush (Lilacs) (May, 1990, Saint-Remy)
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Vincent was 2 month from his death
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Oil on Canvas
73 × 92 cm (28.7 × 36.2 in)
Currently at Hermitage Museum
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“My dear Theo,
Tomorrow I shall send a small roll of canvases by goods train. There are four, namely the following:
1. View of Arles – Orchards in bloom
2. Ivy
3. Lilacs
4. Red Chestnuts in the Jardin des Plantes in Arles
Which will go with the ones you already have, such as the red and green Vineyard, the Garden,the Harvest, the Starry Sky.
I am putting in with them some more studies which are dry, but which are more studies from nature than subjects for pictures.” (From #vincentvangogh to Theo van Gogh, 9th July, 1890, Saint-Remy)
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“As you see, I have been to Arles to get these canvases, the attendant here accompanied me. We went to M. Salles’ house, but he had gone on vacation for two months, then to the hospital to see M. Rey, whom I did not find either. Then we spent the day with my former neighbours, such as my old charwoman and some others.
You get very fond of people who have seen you ill, and it has done me a world of good to see again some people who were kind and gentle with me then. Someone told me that M. Rey had passed an examination and had been to Paris, but the porter at the hospital said he did not know anything about it. I am curious to know if you have seen him, for he had intended to go and see the exhibition and to pay you a visit then. The doctor here may not be going to Paris, he suffers a good deal from his gout.”
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#GLOGH
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#vangogh #gogh #art #artist #paint #painter #painting #artwork #stillife #oilpainting #flower #lilac (at Государственный Эрмитаж. The State Hermitage museum. Official page.)

Sunflowers – August, 1888 in Arles

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Sunflowers: one of the initial/original 4 Sunflower paintings (August, 1888 in Arles) #tb #masterpiece
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Oil on Canvas
73.5cm x 60cm
Currently a Private Collection
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“I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when you know that what I’m at is the painting of some big sunflowers. I have three canvases going – 1st, three huge flowers in a green vase, with a light background, a size 15 canvas; 2nd, three flowers, one gone to seed, having lost its petals, and one a bud against a royal-blue background (destroyed during WWII in Japan), size 25 canvas; 3rd, twelve flowers and buds in a yellow vase (size 30 canvas). The last one is therefore light on light, and I hope it will be the best. Probably I shall not stop at that. Now that I hope to live with Gauguin in a studio of our own, I want to make decorations for the studio. Nothing but big flowers. Next door to your shop, in the restaurant, you know there is a lovely decoration of flowers; I always remember the big sunflowers in the window there.” (From #vvg to #tvg, 21st August, 1888)
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#GLOGH
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#vvg #tvg #vincent #vangogh#vincentvangogh #sunflower #stilllife #art#artist #paint #painter #painting #blue#yellow #flower #arthistory #aotd #live#life #with #dream #and #passion #love #🌻

Still Life with Bible (October, 1885 in Nuenen)

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Vincent was 32 years old
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Oil on canvas
65.7cm x 78.5cm
Currently at Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: Vincent van Gogh Foundation
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“Dear Theo,
Flügel, Flügel über’s Leben
[Wings, wings to fly above life!]
Flügel über Grab und Tod
[Wings to fly above the grace and death!]
That is what we want, and I am beginning to understand that we can get them. Don’t you think Father has them? And you know how he got them? By prayer and the fruit of prayer – patience and faith – and from the Bible that was a light on his path and a lamp ahead of his feet.”
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“have more hope than memories; what there has been seriousness and blessed in your past life is not lost; wait no longer therefore, you will find it elsewhere.
Keep heart and believe me, your loving brother, Vincent.
If it was true that youth and adolescence are only vanity – of course, if one takes into account what is written above and if one dreams that a well employed youth is a treasure, although he breaks off and resumes later, we would have to strive and hope to become men like our father and others. We hope on these two, and pray. Compliments to all that may ask after me.” (From #Vincent #vangogh to #Theo van Gogh, 13th September, 1875, Paris)
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“Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children,” said Bernard Shaw. Well, I hope to differ. Though I do hate seeing men in their flower wasting their time! It’s still a happy new year. Lest the resolution waste in time
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#stilllife #art #painting #🌻

Half Figure of an Angel, after Rembrandt – 1889

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Half Figure of an Angel, after Rembrandt (September, 1889 in Saint-Remy)
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Painted at the age of 36
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Method: Oil on Canvas
Size: 54cm x 64cm (21.3in x 25.2in)
Location: Unknown
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“This is how Rembrandt painted angel (or God – differs in definition per translated work). He does a self-portrait, old, toothless, wrinkled, wearing a cotton cap, a picture from life, in a mirror. He is dreaming, dreaming, and his brush takes up his self-portrait again, but this time from memory, and the expression on the face becomes sadder and more saddening, He dreams, dreams on, and why or how I cannot tell, but – as Socrates and Mohammed had their guardian spirits, so Rembrandt paints a supernatural angel with a da Vinci smile behind that old man who resembles himself.
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I am showing you a painter who dreams and paints from the imagination, and I started by contending that it is characteristic of the Dutch that they do not invent anything, that they have neither imagination nor fantasy.
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Am I being illogical? No.
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Rembrandt did not invent anything, and that angel and that strange Christ came about because he knew them, felt that they were there.” (From #vvg to Emile Bernard, 23rd July, 1888, Arles)
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“One may laugh [saying]: “painting angels! Who has ever seen angels?” But to that I should like to add, “Justice in the harem, who has ever seen justice in the harem?” And Benjamin Constant’s painting, “Bullfights, who has ever seen those?” And so many other Moorish and Spanish things, cardinals, and then all those historical paintings they keep on doing yards high and yards wide! What is the use of it all and what are they doing it for? Within a few years most of it looks dull and dreary and more and more boring. But still, perhaps they are well painted, they could be that.” (From #vvg to #tvg, July 1885, Nuenen)
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I remember reading in one of the letter by Vincent van Gogh saying something similar to this: “If one should like to know the existence of God and how he looks like, he should study Rembrandt. Then he would understand that there is indeed God within us.”

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Updates are rarely the luxury I can offer at this moment; since, the book is planned to be published at the end of this month… living with Vincent van Gogh in my head, in my dreams, in my book is a madness….. one which I do not recommend to anyone but recommend reading it (?) 😉

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Handshake,