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Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings
     

Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings

by Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein (Contribution by), Marije Vellekoop
 

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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) believed that drawing was “the root of everything.” A self-taught artist, he succeeded, between 1881 and 1890, in developing an inimitable graphic style. This book traces the artist’s successive triumphs as a draftsman, first in the Netherlands and later in France, highlighting the diversity of his technical

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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) believed that drawing was “the root of everything.” A self-taught artist, he succeeded, between 1881 and 1890, in developing an inimitable graphic style. This book traces the artist’s successive triumphs as a draftsman, first in the Netherlands and later in France, highlighting the diversity of his technical invention and the striking continuity of his vision. Given the pivotal role drawings played in Van Gogh’s artistic conception and the rich dialectic they enjoyed with his oil paintings, a small selection of related canvases by the artist is also featured.

This beautiful book presents approximately 120 works in charcoal, ink, graphite, watercolor, and diluted oils. The authors explore enduring questions that surround Van Gogh’s drawings, including their manufacture, artistic precedents, and contribution to Modernism. In addition, the text discusses the significance of the artist’s drawing practice to his development as a painter. The essays and entries feature the most current research on Van Gogh’s drawings and provide fresh interpretations of the motivating influences that shaped the artist’s contributions to the history of drawing.

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Library Journal
Although much attention has been given to his paintings, van Gogh's drawings are less widely known. This catalog of a recent exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum (VGM) in Amsterdam and the upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) in New York (Oct. 18-Dec. 31) is the first study of van Gogh's drawings in a number of years. Edited by curators Ives and Susan Alyson Stein of MMA and Sjraar van Heugten and Marije Vellekoop of VGM, the catalog uses illustrations and scholarly essays to show that Van Gogh's drawings are closely intertwined with his paintings in style, composition, and technique. While he created over 800 paintings, his 1100 drawings were made to produce a similar tactile effect, achieved by using materials that convey spontaneity and speed, such as pencil, reed pen, charcoal, watercolor, and chalk. The final essay is devoted to the condition of van Gogh's drawings and how, more often than not, their colors have faded. Also included are scientific analyses utilizing x-rays of van Gogh's drawings from his Provence period. A thorough and scholarly study with beautiful reproductions, this book is recommended for libraries collecting in art history.-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll., MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107203
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Colta Ives is Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, and Susan Alyson Stein is Curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Sjraar Van Heugten is Chief Curator and Marije Vellekoop is Curator of Drawings at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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