Vincent Van Gogh’s Friendship with Emile Bernard

Vincent van Gogh most likely met Emile Bernard in 1886 at Fernand Cormon’s studio where they both studied under the well known portrait painter, or perhaps they met a short time later at Père Tanguy’s shop.  Bernard was just 18 years old when he and Van Gogh, 15 years his senior, became friends yet Bernard had already developed his own artistic style. Bernard was dismissed from Cormon’s studio due to his artistic opinions.  He sought his own artistic direction as he walked away from Impressionism as well as the Neo-Impressionism of Seurat and Signac, though he did experiment with pointillism for a short period.  By 1887, Bernard had come to …..

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Monsieur Ginoux

In November of 1888, while living in the Yellow House with Gauguin, Van Gogh created a portrait of Madame Ginoux which she must have found satisfactory.  A month later, Van Gogh painted a portrait of Monsieur Joseph-Michel Ginoux.  Paul Gauguin also created a portrait of Monsieur Ginoux. Van Gogh clearly held fond feelings for Madame and Monsieur Ginoux and considered them to be among his friends.  In a letter to them at the end of December 1889 he wrote to Mr. Ginoux and his ill wife, “I assure you that it will be hard for me to leave the South; I say this to all of you who have become …..

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Gauguin at The Yellow House

During his first summer at the Yellow House, Van Gogh eagerly looked forward to the arrival of fellow artist Paul Gauguin.  After a number of delays and excuses, Gauguin finally arrived on October 23, 1888, and Van Gogh’s dream of the Studio of the South was finally underway.  For 63 days two of the greatest artists of all time shared their life and their art. Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin met in the fall of 1887 while in Paris, France.  The two artists had a shared admiration for each other’s work and tried learning from the other.  They offered mutual support and dialogue including a number of letters in …..

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