“Scream your love to the night”, 4x 12 ft, brush and ink on paper, 2021.
“...to look at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map representing towns and villages. Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?” - Vincent van Gogh
On the last day, I indulged in a pleasant afternoon with Vincent van Gogh, freeing my hand from Mucha's over-detailed grasp, Chełmoński's overbearing nostalgia, Okuń's frickin awesome dragons, Orlik's fixation on Japan, Klimt's confusing gold texturing, and Wyspiański's readiness to hit me with a damn arrow.
Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist, is one of the most recognizable artists. But, sadly, his life was full of bitterness, poverty, and mental unrest. 'Loving Vincent' presented van Gogh's story in the form of an animated movie made of 65.000 oil paintings imitating his iconic style. A great tribute and an experience worth recommending.
Van Gogh sold only one painting during his artistic career for about $1000 in today's terms. In contrast, 'Portrait of Dr. Gachet' was sold for an outstanding $163.4 (adjusted price in million USD). Vincent owes his posthumous fame to his brother's wife, Jo van Gogh-Bonger. She cared for Vincent's legacy, successfully raising his profile as an artist.
More about Vincent van Gogh: Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1887, Art Institute of Chicago: European Painting and Sculpture
In 1886 Vincent van Gogh left his native Holland and settled in Paris, where his beloved brother Theo was a dealer in paintings. Van Gogh created at least twenty-four self-portraits during his two-year stay in the energetic French capital. This early example is modest in size and was painted on prepared artist’s board rather than canvas. Its densely dabbed brushwork, which became a hallmark of Van Gogh’s style, reﬂects the artist’s response to Georges Seurat’s revolutionary pointillist technique in A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884. But what was for Seurat a method based on the cool objectivity of science became in Van Gogh’s hands an intense emotional language. The surface of the painting dances with particles of color—intense greens, blues, reds, and oranges. Dominating this dazzling array of staccato dots and dashes are the artist’s deep green eyes and the intensity of their gaze. “I prefer painting people’s eyes to cathedrals,” Van Gogh once wrote to Theo. “However solemn and imposing the latter may be—a human soul, be it that of a poor streetwalker, is more interesting to me.” From Paris, Van Gogh traveled to the southern town of Arles for fifteen months. At the time of his death, in 1890, he had actively pursued his art for only five years. Joseph Winterbotham Collection
Size: 41 × 32.5 cm (16 1/8 × 12 13/16 in.)
Medium: Oil on artist's board, mounted on cradled panel