Soon after Van Gogh’s death in the early morning of July 29, 1890, his close friend and fellow artist, Emile Bernard, arrived for the funeral. Bernard wrote to Albert Aurier saying, “On Wednesday 30 July, yesterday that is, I arrived in Auvers at about 10 o’clock. His brother, Theodore van ghohg [sic], was there together with Dr. Gachet. Also Tanguy (he had been there since 9 o’clock). Charles Laval accompanied me. The coffin was already closed, I arrived too late to see the man again who had left me four years ago so full of expectations of all kinds…” He closes his letter with: “You know how much I loved …..
Although Gauguin and other contemporaries had a profound impact on Van Gogh’s work, Van Gogh was also greatly influenced by some of his predecessors. The work of French artist Jean Francois Millet, in particular, resonated with Van Gogh. In many ways Millet’s experiences and the subjects he chose to paint mirrored Van Gogh’s life and work. Van Gogh could relate to Millet’s paintings of peasant life and the depiction of the plight of laborers. It was this realistic approach that Van Gogh often emulated in many of his paintings as shown. Today we are still comparing the works of Van Gogh and Millet. In fact, in May of 2010 there …..