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Topic 28 of 55: Vincent van Gogh

Mon, Aug 17, 1998 (07:26) | Riette Walton (riette)
"In spite of everything I shall rise again:
I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken
in my great discouragement,
and I will go on with my drawing."

From a letter by Van Gogh
24 September 1880
27 responses total.

 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 1 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Mon, Aug 17, 1998 (13:10) * 10 lines 
 
I'll start with one I've never seen before:



Vincent van Gogh
'Village Street and Stairs with Figures'
1890
50cm x 70cm




 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 2 of 27: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Aug 17, 1998 (18:11) * 1 lines 
 
never seen this one either...


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 3 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Mon, Aug 17, 1998 (18:31) * 1 lines 
 
Wow, this is a wide one! Great, sweeping brushstrokes and lots of colors.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 4 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Tue, Aug 18, 1998 (01:46) * 1 lines 
 
The ideas of his paintings are so simple, nothing really deep or profound in them - but their profoundness lie in the way they were executed. That is what makes him so great.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 5 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Tue, Aug 18, 1998 (06:57) * 9 lines 
 
Now, look at this one for simplicity that strikes!



Vincent van Gogh
'Noon: Rest from Work (after Millet)'
1889-90

Isn't it wonderful? Millet may have influenced him, but he sure as hell did not surpass Van Gogh in skill and sheer genius.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 6 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Thu, Aug 20, 1998 (15:40) * 9 lines 
 
Now, how about a portrait to continue with? Here's one of my favourite paintings by him.



Vincent van Gogh
'Woman Rocking a Cradle'
1889

I find the black lines and bright colours stunning.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 7 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Thu, Aug 20, 1998 (18:36) * 1 lines 
 
Great wallpaper!


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 8 of 27: Wolf  (wolf) * Thu, Aug 20, 1998 (21:54) * 1 lines 
 
hmmmm, i don't care for this one too much....


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 9 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Aug 21, 1998 (02:19) * 1 lines 
 
That's your good right, Wolfie! Darn, I haven't opened your Monet topic yet, have I? I'll go do that straight away - forgive me.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 10 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Mon, Aug 24, 1998 (01:35) * 8 lines 
 


Vincent van Gogh
'Starry Night over the Rhone'
1888
72.5cm x 92cm

There is something so magical in the way he interpreted the things he painted. Imagine living in an imperfect world with such a magical vision - I'd go crazy too, I think.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 11 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Mon, Aug 24, 1998 (22:06) * 1 lines 
 
WOW! (awestruck)


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 12 of 27: Wolf  (wolf) * Mon, Aug 24, 1998 (22:14) * 2 lines 
 
this is nice. while it was loading, the stars took on the idea of fireflies,
something i love to see in the summer.....


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 13 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Aug 28, 1998 (14:45) * 10 lines 
 
This next one I've also not seen before.



Vincent van Gogh
'The White House at Night'
1890
59cm x 72.5cm

I was really surprised how 'bad' this painting is - especially as the moon- and starlight dissolving into the darkness of night are motives he had used before, eg. in the previous painting I posted, and very successfully. In this one it come out rather 'badly' though, I find. (Damn, I hate using the word 'bad' in connection with a Van Gogh!!) Not at all an accomplished painting.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 14 of 27: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Aug 28, 1998 (17:09) * 2 lines 
 
I like it. Not the best Van Gogh ever. But powerful. How does he
acheive these effects? What kind of brush did he use?


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 15 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Sat, Aug 29, 1998 (00:55) * 1 lines 
 
Probably something like pig's hair - pretty stiff brushes, but with a whole clog of paint on it, you can easily achieve the sort of lines he uses. You have to paint simple, but pretty thick background colours to start off with though, I should think. To achieve the layered look and texture.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 16 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Sun, Aug 30, 1998 (15:56) * 1 lines 
 
Oh, I rather like it! That's how the sky looks here on a humid, sultry day.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 17 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Mon, Aug 31, 1998 (01:23) * 1 lines 
 
Yeah? Cool!


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 18 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Tue, Sep  1, 1998 (04:18) * 10 lines 
 
Here is something especially for you, Wolf. Hope it will inspire you!

Flowerbeds in Holland

Vincent van Gogh
'Flowerbeds in Holland'
1883
50cm x 66cm

I find his landscapes just stunning - better than his portraits.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 19 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Thu, Sep  3, 1998 (22:44) * 1 lines 
 
My next house is definitely going to have a thatched roof. I mean, they are just so damn charming.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 20 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Sep  4, 1998 (01:24) * 1 lines 
 
ha-ha!


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 21 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Wed, Sep  9, 1998 (01:17) * 8 lines 
 
Red Vineyard

Vincent van Gogh
'Red Vineyard'
1888
75cm x 93cm

I adore this one.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 22 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Thu, Sep 10, 1998 (21:09) * 1 lines 
 
It's so vibrant, and a refreshing change of topic for this era. (After a while I get tired of pretty ladies and flowers!)


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 23 of 27: wer  (KitchenManager) * Thu, Sep 10, 1998 (23:23) * 1 lines 
 
(um, can I have your leftovers, Autumn?)


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 24 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Fri, Sep 11, 1998 (00:53) * 3 lines 
 
ha-ha!

I know what you mean, Autumn. I think landscapes were van Gogh's strong point. I like all of them - his portraits I'm not so sure about.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 25 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Tue, Sep 15, 1998 (04:13) * 7 lines 
 


Vincent van Gogh
'Trees in the Asylum Garden'
1889

Imagine sitting in an asylum, and still see the world through eyes like these.


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 26 of 27: Autumn Moore  (autumn) * Wed, Sep 16, 1998 (22:13) * 1 lines 
 
It's so fluid and colorful--it reminds me of a peacock! Utterly incredible


 Topic 28 of 55 [art]: Vincent van Gogh
 Response 27 of 27: Riette Walton  (riette) * Thu, Sep 17, 1998 (01:09) * 1 lines 
 
Amazing to think that he never really won recognition for his work during his lifetime, and died poor.

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