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Always interesting to look at a painting of trees by one of my Artist Heroes and this one is no exception.
Van Gogh gets the trees just right and you get the sense of the passing of the seasons and the leaves on the trees dying
One of the trees is already has lost its leaves and therefore all you have is the skeleton of branches.
The colour of summer has gone and winter almost upon the scene
|Gauguin’s Chair, 1888
Oil on canvas
90.5 x 72 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
The relationship between van Gogh and Gaughuin was a strange one.van Gogh had such high hopes but the feeling was not a two way thing and the two soon parted company, even so the art produced by van Gogh in this period is some of his best.
The painting of this chair you can imagine being done in a frenzy of admiration and how pleased van Gogh must have felt in painting it.
also to imagine Gauguin having sat in that chair!
Van Gogh is remembered with sympathy as having sold only one painting during his lifetime,
and it’s widely believed that that painting was “The Red Vineyards”. This was among the works
he contributed to the 1890 exhibition staged by the Belgian avant-garde group
Les Vingt in Brussels, where it was purchased for 400 francs by the host group’s own Anna Boch,
the sister of Vincent‘s painter friend Eugène Boch, whom he had depicted
in “Le Peintre aux Étoiles” two years earlier.
It has been noted, however, that Theo Van Gogh was informed in late 1888 that a London art dealer
had sold one of Vincent’s self-portraits, although this sale has never been corroborated. Another art expert
has also suggested that “The Red Vineyard” was not sold until the year after Van Gogh’s death.
“I painted it at the height of the mistral [strong wind]. My easel was fixed in the ground with iron pegs, a method I recommend to you. You push the legs of the easel deep into the ground, then drive iron pegs fifty centimeters long into the ground beside them. You tie the whole lot together with rope. This way you can work in the wind.
This is what I wanted to say about black and white. Take the sower. The picture is divided in two; one half is yellow, the upper part, the lower part is purple. Well, the white trousers help rest the eye and distract it just as the excessive contrast of yellow and purple starts to jar. There you are, that’s what I wanted to say.”
—Vincent van Gogh, 1888
I an going to set myself to work from memory often, and the canvases from memory are always less awkward, and have a more artistic look than studies from nature. especially when one works in mistral weather. Weare leaving wind an rain here, and I am very glad not to be alone. i work from memory on bad days and that would not do if I were alone.