Road with Pollard Willows by Vincent van Gogh

In 1889, following Vincent van Gogh’s ear injury, he did not return to the Yellow House. Instead the suffering artist spent his nights at the hospital knowing that he did not feel capable of caring for himself. It was shortly after this that Van Gogh committed himself to the asylum of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. After recovering from his injury, but still residing at the hospital, Van Gogh was allowed to continue his work outdoors. One of the paintings created during this time was Pollard Willows or Road with Pollard Willows. The painting, whether intentionally or not, seems to carry a great deal of symbolism. The painting depicts an empty road bordered on …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Harvest Series

In February of 1888, Van Gogh had moved from Paris to Arles, a small town in the South of France. Upon moving to Arles, Van Gogh experimented with all that he had learned while in Paris. His paintings had become influenced by Japanese prints, Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. In the last half of June 1888, Vincent van Gogh created a set of 10 paintings and five drawings known as the Harvest Series. This was one of Van Gogh’s most prolific periods. He spent days in the wheat fields working under the burning sun to show peasant work, something always dear to his heart, and the stages of the harvest. He created …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Mother – Anna Carbentus van Gogh

Anna Carbentus van Gogh was born on September 10, 1819 in La Haye, The Hague to Willem Carbentus, the book-binder to the King. She was one of eight children including two sisters, the oldest married to Amsterdam clergyman, Stricker, and the youngest, Cornelia, married to art dealer Vincent van Gogh. When Anna turned 30 she was still unmarried and felt a more urgent need to find a suitable husband soon. In March of 1850, Cornelia, Anna’s sister, 10 years her junior, announced her engagement to the well-to-do print dealer Vincent van Gogh. He also had a sibling that was behind in the marriage situation, a younger brother named Theodorus van …..

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