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.)

The Starry Night – 1889

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The Starry Night (1889)

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The Starry Night (June, 1889 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence) #tb#masterpiece
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Vincent was 36 years old
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Oil on Canvas
74cm x 92cm
Permanent Collection at The Museum of Modern Arts (@themuseumofmodernart), New York
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“After the sun’s good night kiss,
it was as if this hamlet, this field, these hills,
everything around, silent and grateful, once more recalled,
the richness and peace they had enjoyed,
before wrapping themselves in the cloak of evening dew to sleep.”
(Excerpt of a poem taken from “The Pauper” by Jan van Beers in the letter from #vangogh to Haanebeek Family in London, 2nd July, 1873)
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“A starry sky, for example. See, that’s a thing I’d like to try to do, just as by day I want to try to paint a green meadow spangled with starry dandelions. Yet how can I do it, unless I work it out at home, and from my imagination? Of course, this faults my idea while yours gets praised.” (From #vvg to Emile Bernard, Arles, 9th April 1888)
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“When you have looked at [the starry night study] for some time, and that of the ivy as well, it will perhaps give you some idea, better than words could, of the things that Gauguin and Bernard and I sometimes used to talk about, and which we’ve thought about a good deal; it is not a return to the romantic or to religious ideas, no. Nevertheless, by going the way of Delacroix, more than is apparent, by colour and a more spontaneous drawing than delusive precision, one could express the purer nature of a countryside compared with the suburbs and cabarets of Paris.” (From #vvg to #tvg, Saint-Remy, 17th or 18th June, 1889)
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“Paul Signac on his visit to Vincent van Gogh in Arles, Spring 1889: [Vincent] led me to his apartments in Lamartine Square, where I saw his marvellous pictures, his [masterpiece]: the Starry Night. Imagine the splendour of those whitewashed walls, on which flowered those colourings in their full freshness.” (Excerpt taken from Gustave Coquiot to Unknown, Paris, 1932)
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Have you seen this painting in person?
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http://www.instagram.com/vincent.willem.vangogh

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Wheat Field with Cypresses – 1889, Saint-Remy

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This one is @ London National Gallery

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Ah, yes. The cypresses. This is the most critically valued painting out of all the other paintings by scholars, critics and such. Do you agree? (My love is equal except for occasions. e.g. Starry Night, Almond Blossom…)

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Wheat Field with Cypresses is a series of three identical work executed in mental asylum at Saint-Remy. Two of them are larger than the one which is kept in Private Possession. You can view the work at Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, as well as, at London National Gallery

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Title: Wheat Field with Cypresses (1889)

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Medium: Oil on Canvas

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Location: Collection at London National Gallery

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Size: 72.1 cm × 90.9 cm (28.4 in × 35.8 in)

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Here’s how Vincent van Gogh described the painting:

“I have canvas of cypresses with some ears of wheat, some poppies, a blue sky like a piece of Scotch plaid; the former painted with a thick impasto like the Monticelli’s, and the wheat field in the sun, which represents the extreme heat, very thick too.”

Written to Theo van Gogh from Vincent van Gogh on the 2nd of July, 1889.

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In another occasion written to Theo:

“Only I have no news to tell you, for the days are all the same, I have no ideas, except to think that a field of wheat or a cypress well worth the trouble of looking at closeup.”

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Vincent van Gogh was 36 years old & Theo van Gogh was 32 years old.

From Saint-Remy, 1889.

Cafe Terrace at Night (on the Place du Forum) – September, 1888 in Arles

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Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (September, 1888 in Arles)
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Oil on Canvas
81cm x 65.5cm (31.9in x 25.8in)
Currently at Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
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“So far you have not told me whether you have read Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant, and what in general you think of his talent now. I say this because the beginning of Bel Ami happens to be a description of a starlight night in Paris with the brightly lighted cafés of the Boulevard, and this is approximately the same subject I just painted. (From Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh 9th and 16th September, 1888)
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“In point of fact I was interrupted these days by my toiling on a new picture representing the outside of a café at night. On the terrace there are the tiny figures of drinkers. An immense yellow lantern illuminates the terrace, the façade and the sidewalk, and even casts its light on the pavement of the streets, which takes a pinkish violet tone. The gables of the houses in the street stretching away under a blue sky spangled with stars are dark blue or violet with a green tree. Here you have a night picture without black in it, done with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green, and lemon-yellow. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. They used to draw and paint the picture in the daytime after the sketch. But I find satisfaction in painting the thing immediately” (From Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh 9th and 16th September, 1888)
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There are some speculations whether the painting was originally inspired by Anquetin Louis ‘Avenue de Clichy’ – Five O’Clock in the Evening. What do you think?

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And there’s more controversial debates whether the Cafe Terrace at Night is a depiction of the Last Supper but I forfeit any hope in it. Vincent was religious but squeezing out every ounce of intrigues seems to be the job of historians/philosophers. But do have a look at the image for any resemblance. Proving it, however, will be fruitless.

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Wheat stack under a cloudy sky – October, 1889

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Enlarged Comparison Against the Original

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Painting #1

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Painting #2

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Which one is the Original Vincent van Gogh? Or which one do you want to be the original? There’re many imitation under Vincent’s name 👀 Careful not to admire some others’ work🌻
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Title: Wheat stack under a cloudy sky (October, 1889 in Saint-Remy de Provence)
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#GLOGH = Gogh + Blog
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Vincent was 36 years old
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Oil on Canvas
Size: 25.2in x 20.7in (64cm x 52.5 cm)
Collection at Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
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This excerpt is indirect to the painting, however is written about fellow artists: Paul Gauguin and Pissarro from THEO van Gogh to Vincent van Gogh. It reveals the state of difficulties for respective artist during the same paradigm as Vincent van Gogh: “You say that at times you think you would have done better to have remained a merchant, but do not say such things.

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Take Gauguin, for instance. I am fully aware of his talent, and I am fully aware of what he wants to do, but I have not seen my way to selling anything whatever for him, and yet I have all kinds of pictures of his. The public is most rebellious about things that are not made in “perfect order.” It is obvious that Gauguin, who is half Inca, half European, superstitious like the former, and advanced in his ideas like a number of the latter, cannot work in the same manner every day. He is very unhappy because it has not been possible to find something for him on which he can live. His most recent pictures are less saleable than those of last year. Last week he wrote to tell me that one of his children fell out of a window, and was picked up nearly dead. And yet they hope to save him. He would do anything to get a little money, but I am unable to procure it.

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Pissarro too is at his wits end. He is working like a slave. He made a very pretty fan for Jo. Peasant women running about in the fields with a rainbow in the background. So far he has not see that gentleman at Auvers, at least he does not write anything on the subject; the best thing for you would be to come and stay with us in the spring, and then go into the country yourself to see whether you can’t find a boarding house to your liking. We certainly ought to be glad that you are so much better in comparison with the same period last year. At the time I was afraid you would not recover.” (From #Theo to #Vincent, 22nd of December 1889, Saint Remy)
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Image Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum
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#VincentvanGogh #vanGogh #Gauguin #Pissarro #Gogh #Art #Artist #Paint #Painter #Painting #Artwork #Origianl #oilpainting #arthistory #🌻