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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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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