Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South

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"The friendship of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin - including an intense, two-month collaboration in Aries, in the south of France - is one of the most revealing and dynamic relationships in the history of modern art. When they first met in Paris in late 1887, they were two of a number of artists seeking a way to move beyond impressionism. They found common ground in the belief that progressive art should be created at a distance from urban decadence, a conviction that led Gauguin to Brittany and van Gogh to Aries in the early months of 1888." ...
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"The friendship of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin - including an intense, two-month collaboration in Aries, in the south of France - is one of the most revealing and dynamic relationships in the history of modern art. When they first met in Paris in late 1887, they were two of a number of artists seeking a way to move beyond impressionism. They found common ground in the belief that progressive art should be created at a distance from urban decadence, a conviction that led Gauguin to Brittany and van Gogh to Aries in the early months of 1888." Published on the occasion of a landmark exhibition organized by The Art Institute of Chicago and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the book is a provocative study of influence and innovation. With a wealth of illustrations, it offers a new perspective on some of the best-known masterpieces of modern art, as well as fresh insight into two of its central personalities.
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To accompany the Art Institute of Chicago blockbuster van Gogh and Gauguin exhibit, here's a blockbuster book, with reproductions of such sensuous beauty that they are likely to convert even nonfans of the squabbling yet eternally linked pair. This book's subtitle is a translation of a phrase van Gogh used, more accurately rendered as "The Studio in Southern France," where van Gogh and Gauguin were in close contact, inspiring and antagonizing one another in a way that has fascinated generations of poets, playwrights, screenwriters and even art historians. The most famous van Gogh paintings, like Starry Night and Sunflowers, are put into context here, and there is room also for early, lesser-known works. Four major chapters "Origins," "Encounters," "South Versus North," "The Studio of the South" are followed by a chapter of letters exchanged by the two artists; a "coda" about Gauguin in the tropics, after van Gogh's famous ear-cutting incident broke up their partnership; and a technical appendix with results from lab investigations of canvas fibers and paint chemistry that help to date the works. In clear art historical prose, the painters' motivations are pointed out, such as van Gogh's portrait of Gauguin seen from behind: "In no other instance did Vincent decline to confront a sitter in this way." Two self-portraits, done simultaneously for a friend named Paul Laval, are cogently contrasted, with van Gogh's depiction of his own face showing "a scowl of concern and irritation, his green-eyed gaze skittish..." whereas Gauguin's view of himself shows "watchful, almost smug self-possession." This kind of lively character analysis, as well as art historical smarts, will make this aprestigious title for anyone even vaguely interested in modern French painting, but the 510 illustrations (over 300 in color) are the stars of the show here. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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For a brief two-month period, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived and worked together in southern France. What began in friendship ended in turmoil, propelling each artist further down his own creative path. Yet the subject of this book continues to reverberate. Druick (curator of prints, drawings, and European paintings) and Zegers (research curator), both with the Art Institute of Chicago, have spared no effort in producing a stunning companion to a major exhibition now at the institute and traveling to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam early next year. The Arles period is thoroughly examined chronologically, but the reading is not dull. Journals, letters, maps, and personal histories are interwoven compellingly, leaving the reader with a real feel for the artist's perceptions. Current, highly informative, and scholarly in scope yet accessible, this catalog exceeds blockbuster-style expectations. Some of the illustrations are small, but many useful comparisons and preliminary studies place the oeuvre of these two artists in a broader perspective. While it is difficult to recommend yet another book on Van Gogh and Gauguin, the high quality of the information here demands it. An essential purchase for art schools and public libraries. Susan Lense, Upper Arlington P.L., OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865591943
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 418

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