Prisoners Exercising

Vincent van Gogh painted Prisoners Exercising, or Prisoners’ Round, in February of 1890 during his time at the Saint-Remy asylum. It is a copy of an engraving by Gustave Dore titled, Newgate Exercise Yard which offers a glimpse into prison life as inmates slowly march in a circle for exercise in the prison yard, surrounded by walls that seem to go up forever. While in the asylum, Van Gogh copied a number of paintings by other artists. Prisoners Exercising is considered by some to be one of the best copies he created, perhaps even outshining the original artist. Some people have suggested that the tall prisoner with the light shining on …..

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Vincent van Gogh and Goupil & Cie

Vincent van Gogh began working for The Hague’s branch of Goupil & Cie on July 30, 1869 as a junior apprentice, working under the management of H.G. Tersteeg. Goupil & Cie was an international print publishing firm and art dealer which also exhibited contemporary art. It was a dominant force in the French art market of the 19th century. The firm was founded by Henry Rittner in 1829, as Rittner & Co., Goupil’s name was added in 1831 when the gallery became Rittner & Goupil. It was later named Goupil & Vibert in 1841, and then finally Goupil & Cie in 1846. The internationally renowned gallery began in Paris and …..

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The Langlois Bridge at Arles by Vincent van Gogh

In 1888, during his time in Arles, France, Vincent van Gogh created a number of paintings and drawings of the Langlois Bridge. “As for my work, I brought back a size 15 canvas today. It is a drawbridge over which passes a little cart, standing out against a blue sky – the river blue as well, the banks orange coloured with grass and a group of women washing linen in smocks and multicoloured caps.” You can read more about it here: http://blog.vangoghgallery.com/index.php/2013/01/03/van-goghs-langlois-bridge/ Letter Source: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/18/469.htm

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