Père Tanguy and Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh created three paintings of Père Tanguy during his time in Paris.  Julien François Tanguy, also known as Père or “Father” Tanguy, was a paint dealer with a store on the Rue Clauzel, where Van Gogh frequently purchased paints.  Tanguy was known for selling products for cheap prices and allowed artists to make purchases on credit or in exchange for paintings, but the supplies were somewhat questionable in quality.  Tanguy had socialist political views and had to go into exile due to his participation in the Paris Commune.  The artists saw him as a hero who shared their utopian principles. On June 21, 1888, Van Gogh wrote to …..

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Van Gogh’s Irises

In May of 1889, Van Gogh admitted himself to the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.  In his final year of life, he painted some 130 works.  Within the first week at the asylum, he began to paint Irises; the subject matter was inspired by the asylum’s garden to the south of the men’s section, and the style influenced by Japanese woodblock prints.  We see the Japanese influence in the strong outlines, unusual angles, cropped up-close views of the irises falling off the canvas and the use of color. There are no known drawings or sketches of Irises, probably because Van Gogh considered this to be a study.  He …..

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Van Gogh Japonaiserie

Van Gogh like many of his post impressionist and impressionist contemporaries was influenced by Japanese art. In 1866 Van Gogh began exploring Japonisme and by 1887 he had created several works reflecting the bold colors and simple lines known in this style of art.

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