3/13/2013

Spring: Vincent van Gogh

Artist Kim Rempel has suggested we look at some Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) interpretations of spring. She has contributed three images and has something to say about each one.


 
Orchard in Blossom with View of Arles oil on canvas 28 1/3" x 36 1/4" 1889
I love Vincent van Gogh's paintings and "Orchard in Blossom with View of Arles" stops me in my tracks every time. It's a very complicated subject to paint because there is so much going on but van Gogh painted it with radiance and cohesion - quite a feat. The texture and colour are lush and confident - I can feel the air.
The White Orchard oil on canvas 23 2/3" x 31 3/4"1888 
In "White Orchard", I appreciate the way each tree is painted with an eye for authenticity. When you study it up-close you see that the trunks are all painted in different colours - he is taking the time to give each tree the observation and attention they deserve. The strokes in the field are wonderful.
Blossoming Almond Tree oil on canvas 29" x 36 1/4" 1890
Van Gogh painted this piece for his baby nephew Vincent Willem, whom Theo and Johanna van Gogh named after him. What a treasure. Apparently this piece now resides in the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I often wonder about its journey.
Thank you Kim Rempel!

Here are some of my favorite Vincent van Gogh quotes:
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. 
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. 
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.



(likely photo of van Gogh, discovered in the 1990s)

The month of March is dedicated to the season of spring. Have some favorite paintings of spring by other artists you'd like to share? Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to describe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

3 comments:

  1. I don't think the photo is of Van Gogh. He died at the age of 37, the guy in the photo looks much older.

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  2. Although i wish that was a photo of Vincent..He was a nobody when he was alive and no one liked his paintings..it is highly unlikely that he had a photo taken of him.

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  3. Especially as the uncropped photo clearly states the photo was taken in a studio in Quebec, Canada.

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