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Van Gogh's Imaginary Museum

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This lush volume accompanies an important exhibition opening in February 2003 at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vincent van Gogh. It brings together the paintings that inspired him-by such masters as Rembrandt and Rubens, Corot and Courbet, Monet and Gauguin-with dozens of his own works, creating an "imaginary museum" that reveals a fascinating dialogue between the artist and his art-historical predecessors.

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Overview

This lush volume accompanies an important exhibition opening in February 2003 at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vincent van Gogh. It brings together the paintings that inspired him-by such masters as Rembrandt and Rubens, Corot and Courbet, Monet and Gauguin-with dozens of his own works, creating an "imaginary museum" that reveals a fascinating dialogue between the artist and his art-historical predecessors.

The book begins with lavishly illustrated essays by renowned Van Gogh specialists that focus on a range of subjects, from his aesthetic philosophy to his everyday working methods. Then follows the "imaginary museum" itself-170 reproductions of works by Van Gogh and those who in?uenced him, most accompanied by fascinating related excerpts from the artist's correspondence.

Van Gogh is one of the most popular of artists. This book offers a new look at his work-from the artist's own point of view.


About the Author:
Chris Stolwijk, Sjraar van Heugten, and Leo Jansen are Head of Research, Head of Collections, and Researcher, respectively at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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The premier Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam marks the 150th anniversary of its namesake with this important exhibition and accompanying catalog. Museum curators pair Van Gogh's works with art he most admired, identified in his voluminous correspondence. The focus is on paintings, drawings, and prints by Rubens, Rembrandt, Delacroix, and Japanese masters, as well as on contemporary works by Millet, Gauguin, Adolphe-Joseph-Thomas Monticelli, and others. Of the 170 works in the show, only about a quarter are by Van Gogh. Shared themes and stylistic parallels are stressed over direct visual correspondences. In the catalog portion, captions reference Van Gogh's commentary to elucidate the qualities of the works and the artists he admired. Ten essays by art historians and curators treat artistic and literary influences, themes and working methods, print collecting, the influence of teachers, art as consolation, and Van Gogh's spirituality. A fascinating chronology, "Vincent Van Gogh as a Connoisseur and Bookworm," charts the artist's museum and gallery visits and the books he read. The result is a quality production, with more than 300 images (196 in color) on heavy paper, but the rigorous and research-oriented essays make this work most appropriate for academic collections.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810945760
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Vincent van Gogh's belief in art as consolation
Van Gogh's nature
Van Gogh's teachers
An avid reader - Van Gogh and literature
'Christ, this great artist' - Van Gogh's socio-religious canon of art
Van Gogh's taste for reality, on earth as it is in heaven
On rustics and labourers: Van Gogh and 'the people'
'Rummaging among my woodcuts - Van Gogh and the graphic arts
Vincent van Gogh and the avant-garde: colleagues, competitors, friends
Working in black-and-white and colour: Van Gogh's regard for tonality and technique
Notes
Bibliography
Catalogue
Chronology
Checklist
Lenders
Index
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