Prisoners Exercising

Vincent van Gogh painted Prisoners Exercising, or Prisoners’ Round, in February of 1890 during his time at the Saint-Remy asylum. It is a copy of an engraving by Gustave Dore titled, Newgate Exercise Yard which offers a glimpse into prison life as inmates slowly march in a circle for exercise in the prison yard, surrounded by walls that seem to go up forever. While in the asylum, Van Gogh copied a number of paintings by other artists. Prisoners Exercising is considered by some to be one of the best copies he created, perhaps even outshining the original artist. Some people have suggested that the tall prisoner with the light shining on …..

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Road with Pollard Willows by Vincent van Gogh

In 1889, following Vincent van Gogh’s ear injury, he did not return to the Yellow House. Instead the suffering artist spent his nights at the hospital knowing that he did not feel capable of caring for himself. It was shortly after this that Van Gogh committed himself to the asylum of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. After recovering from his injury, but still residing at the hospital, Van Gogh was allowed to continue his work outdoors. One of the paintings created during this time was Pollard Willows or Road with Pollard Willows. The painting, whether intentionally or not, seems to carry a great deal of symbolism. The painting depicts an empty road bordered on …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Harvest Series

In February of 1888, Van Gogh had moved from Paris to Arles, a small town in the South of France. Upon moving to Arles, Van Gogh experimented with all that he had learned while in Paris. His paintings had become influenced by Japanese prints, Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. In the last half of June 1888, Vincent van Gogh created a set of 10 paintings and five drawings known as the Harvest Series. This was one of Van Gogh’s most prolific periods. He spent days in the wheat fields working under the burning sun to show peasant work, something always dear to his heart, and the stages of the harvest. He created …..

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