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

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,

Woman before ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh, by Isaac Israels

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Woman before ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh, by Isaac Israels – c.1917-1918 (Homage to Vincent van Gogh)
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Method: Oil on Canvas
Size: 70cm x 55cm (27.6in x 21.7in)
Location: Currently at Museum de Fundatie, Heino, Netherlands
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I’ve only heard of Isaac Israels through the sound of wind and really not know much about him.

Nevertheless, his expertise in portrait painting was widely acclaimed.

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Isaac knew Johanna van Gogh-Bonger (Theo’s wife) whom he received the Sunflowers painting on extensive loan.

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Countless artists paid homage to Vincent; including Gauguin, Peter Russell, Toulouse-Laurtec and the number grows even larger today. But this one stand out to me for some reason.

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Well-over hundreds of Vincent van Gogh reproductions were witnessed running the Instagram Account. I’m looking forward to the day when I gather them and finally open that exhibition featuring the best of reproductions in the New York City
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The Sunflowers painting in the background resembles one of the repetitions executed in January, 1889 in Arles. And is believed to be the one currently at the Vangogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).
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The Hague School – The Hague School was a group of artist as a community. One of the leading members was Jozef Israels who had a refined mastery in somber colors (The Hague School was often referred to as ‘the Gray School’ due to its opaqueness).

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Jozef Israels was father to Isaac Israels, and had considerable influence on Vincent van Gogh’s early notion of art.

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Vincent’s cousin by marriage: Anton Mauve was also a figure of influence in the community.
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The Sorrow – 1882

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The Sorrow (1882)
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Vincent was 29 years old
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Pencil, pen and ink on paper
44.5cm x 27cm (17.5in x 10.6in)
Currently at The New Art Gallery Walsall, England
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Vincent, after having been devastated by Kee-vos Stricker; his cousin and a recently widowed mother of a child at the time of his proposal, he soon found a prostitute which he fell in love and sympathetic. Sien (the prostitute) at beginning seem to settle with life together with Vincent, but only to find herself return to her former business and heavy drinking. He drew this image of her titled the “Sorrow” without revealing the face (which makes it relatable), with lifeless bosom, swollen belly and uncared hair to describe the devastation of those left neglected in life, by her men. At one point he wanted to plan the future together with her until his Reverend father and dear brother Theo convinced him of his choice
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Here’s how Vincent coped with his choice: “Which is the more cultured, more sensitive, and manlier: to desert a woman or concern oneself with one who has been deserted? Last winter I met a pregnant woman, deserted by the man whose child she was carrying. A pregnant woman who walked the streets in winter – she had her bread to ear, you’ll know how.” (May, 3rd – 12th, 1882)
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“When first I met this woman, she caught my eye because she looked ill. I made her take baths and as many restoratives as I could manage, and she has become healthier. I went with her to Leyden, wehre there is a maternity hospital in which she will be confined. Small wonder she wasn’t well, the child was in the wrong position, that is , the child had to be turned around b forceps. But there is a good chance she will pull through.”
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Some speculations developed whether the child in pregnancy was of Vincent’s blood but it’s clear that prior to their first encounter on the street, she was already pregnant from her past
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Bottom Inscription:

“Comment se fait-il qu’il y ait sur la terre une femme seule, délaissée?”

“How can there be on earth a woman alone, abandoned?”

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Van Gogh Self-Portrait(s) #FanArt Series

Some of the talented work on Vincent van Gogh from Instagram @vincent.willem.vangogh (www.instagram.com/vincent.willem.vangogh) Yes, Istagram account is also a GLOGH 😊

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Artists of respective work are tagged at Istagram link above

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Which one is to your taste?

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