With fall being in full swing it seemed appropriate to share a few of our favorite Van Gogh paintings which capture the rustic beauty of autumn. Since Van Gogh often painted outdoors “en plein air,” like the Impressionists, he was able to capture the colors and light unique to the season. Even the still life paintings he created during the fall months embodied the harvest feel and the looming approach of winter. View a few of Van Gogh’s fall paintings below, or find out more about Van Gogh paintings.
Filed under - Van Gogh Landscapes, Van Gogh Paintings, Van gogh Still Life
As one of the most famous artists of all time with such iconic works to his name like Starry Night and Sunflowers, it is not surprising that Vincent van Gogh is a common influence on pop culture. With parodies of Starry Night including characters from Hello Kitty to Darth Vader, the recent inclusion of Van Gogh in the BBC Doctor Who series, and countless other references to Van Gogh and his masterpieces, the artists and his works are continually ingrained in our modern culture. So for a fun and fresh look at some of the ways Van Gogh is inspiring creativity, here are some of our favorite examples of Van Gogh in pop culture:
Do you know of a great example of Van Gogh in pop culture? Comment and share it with us!
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If you could ask Vincent van Gogh one question, what would it be? Author Simon Parke takes this approach in his recent book Conversations with Vincent Van Gogh as he interviews Van Gogh asking questions about his family, his life and his work. We recently had the pleasure of reading this book as well as listening to the audio book Conversations with Vincent Van Gogh. Unlike other Van Gogh biographies, this book is unique in that Van Gogh’s responses in the conversation are taken directly from passages in the letters he wrote to his brother Theo and others throughout his life. And although Van Gogh died 120 years ago, the dialogue between Parke and Van Gogh make it feel as if he were alive today. The book brings the reader’s attention to not only the talent, as is common, but the humanity of the man who lived his life “sorrowful but rejoicing.”
The audio recording, narrated by Andy Havill and Simon Parke, puts the listener in the same room with both Van Gogh and Parke and gives life to Van Gogh’s words. Hearing the voice with Van Gogh’s Dutch accent, as created by the reader, makes the conversation seem even more realistic as if it was taken from one of today’s talk shows. Both informative and entertaining, this book provides unique insight into the life of one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Conversations with Vincent Van Gogh is available from White Crow Books; read more about it here:
Filed under - Van Gogh Letters, Van Gogh Quotes
During the August and September, when sunflowers are a hearty flower common in many areas, it is hard not to be reminded of Van Gogh. Sunflowers have become an iconic symbol of the artist and his work. Sunflowers were a popular subject in Van Gogh’s paintings when he moved to Arles, France; many of them he created to decorate Paul Gauguin’s room in the Yellow House in Arles.
When writing to his brother Theo about Arles and the flowers in a letter from August 8, 1888, Van Gogh wrote
“Under the blue sky the orange, yellow, red splashes of the flowers take on an amazing brilliance, and in the limpid air there is a something or other happier, more lovely than in the North.”
It is not surprising that Van Gogh captured that happiness in some of his most famous Sunflower paintings which he created during his stay in Arles. His most commonly known Sunflower paintings are the Sunflowers and the Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, but he created several other lesser known Sunflower paintings. His earlier paintings containing sunflowers were done in Paris from 1886-1887. These paintings do not have the same vibrant yellows as the Arles series has, but show his early development of this subject. View a few of them here:
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The summer is the perfect time to get out of the heat and take in some culture at a local museum. Fortunately, for Van Gogh lovers his works can be seen in museums all over the world. The largest collections can be found in The Netherlands including famous works like The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers and Almond Blossom. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo have the largest collections. Travel to Paris and see more of Van Gogh’s masterpieces like Starry Night Over the Rhone at the Musée d’Orsay or La Mousmé, Sitting at the Louvre. In London both the National Gallery and the Tate Modern have works by Van Gogh.
In New York, you can see Van Gogh’s Starry Night in person at the Museum of Modern Art or see several of his other paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you are in Chicago the Art Institute of Chicago has several impressive Van Gogh pieces including The Bedroom.
And no matter where you are you can always view Van Gogh’s masterpieces by going to the Van Gogh Gallery catalog and filter by city, state, country or museum name to find the Van Goghs closest to you or just browse them online.
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