Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings

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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 ...

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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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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300107203
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.45 (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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Table of Contents

Out of line : how Van Gogh made his mark 3
The paper trail : from portfolios to posterity 21
Metamorphoses : Van Gogh's drawings then and now 41
The Dutch years, 1880-85 56
Antwerp and Paris, 1885-88 : the academy and the avant-garde 122
Arles, 1888-89 : the synthesis 144
First encounters 147
A visit to the sea 164
Summer harvest 189
Figure and portrait drawings 222
The heights of Montmojour 236
Gardens, parks, and byways 248
Repetitions : drawings after paintings 266
Drawing to a close 278
Saint-Remy, 1889-90 : taking asylum 294
Auvers, 1890 : return to the north 330
Infrared reflectography : the drawings under the drawings 338
Technical studies : observations on the drawing materials used by Van Gogh in provence 348
App Summaries of scientific analyses of drawing materials 356
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    'Drawing is the root of everything.' Vincent Van Gogh

    This large, heavy catalogue (almost 400 pages) is probably the definitive volume on the drawings of Vincent Van Gogh. It was complied jointly by the Van Gogh Musuem, Amsterdam and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. While there are in excess of 100 drawings (in pen and ink, graphite, chalk, charcoal, and watercolor), the bulk of this catalogue is devoted to scholarship of the written kind. And what a fine and informative series of extended essays are here! COLTA IVES and SUSAN ALYSON STEIN from the Metropolitan Museum contribute elegant essays but the more quirky information about this strange but magnificent artist can be found in the contributions from SJRAAR VAN HEUGTEN and MARIJE VELLEKOOP of the Van Gogh Museum. One would not think that an artist of Van Gogh's nature, one who painted more with the palette knife than the brush and poured more energy and thick paint into his canvases that seem as though they are completely spontaneous - no one would imagine that he was a man who valued drawings as precursors for his finished art. But here in fine detail (at times far more than you'd ever want to know!) the writers discuss this affinity for drawing, even demonstrating the drawing to painting results as excellent examples. We must wait a bit to see the actual exhibition for which this catalogue was devised to see if the drawings stand up as well on museum walls as they do in this volume. This is definitely a book for those addicted to Van Gogh's output and history. It is a fine though lengthy read. Grady Harp

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