Van Gogh’s Portrait of Adeline Ravoux

Adeline Ravoux was 13 years old when Vincent van Gogh rented a room in her father’s inn in Auvers-sur-Oise.  Van Gogh made three portraits of the young girl though she only sat for him one time.  One of these portraits he gave to Ravoux and another he sent to his brother, Theo.  He wrote about the portrait in a letter to Theo, “This week I have done a portrait of a girl of about 16, in blue against a blue background, the daughter of the people I am lodging with. I have given her this portrait, but I made a variant of it for you, a size 15 canvas.” In …..

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Van Gogh’s Portrait of Eugene Boch

Eugene Boch was a Belgian painter and became a friend to Vincent van Gogh during his time in Arles.  When Van Gogh moved to Arles he had hopes of developing friendships, however, the connections came slowly.  On July 5, 1888 Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about his loneliness: “When I came here I hoped it would be possible to make some connection with art lovers here, but up to the present I haven’t made the least progress in people’s affection. And Marseilles? I don’t know, but that may very well be nothing but an illusion. In any case I have quite given up gambling much on it. Often …..

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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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