The career path of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), one of the world's most recognizable artists, was anything but typical. Focusing on the early stages of Van Gogh's artistic development, "Becoming Van Gogh" illustrates the artist's efforts to master draftsmanship, understand the challenges of materials and techniques, incorporate colour theory, and ...
The career path of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), one of the world's most recognizable artists, was anything but typical. Focusing on the early stages of Van Gogh's artistic development, "Becoming Van Gogh" illustrates the artist's efforts to master draftsmanship, understand the challenges of materials and techniques, incorporate colour theory, and fold myriad influences into his artistic vocabulary. Van Gogh was aware of avant-garde trends including Georges Seurat's divisionism, Paul Signac's and Camille Pissarro's pointillism, Emile Bernard's synthetism, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's immersion in the bohemian culture of Montmartre. This handsome book features works by Van Gogh alongside works by the artists who influenced him, showing how he incorporated elements of their techniques into a style that became, eventually, uniquely his own. It features essays exploring how Van Gogh imbued his early works with energy as he strove to master drawing with graphite, ink, and washes; how he began to understand colour with watercolour paintings; and how he began to test his skill with oils on canvas. The distinguished contributors to this volume offer insight into Van Gogh's temperament, memory, typography, and his relationship with his critics, among other topics. Generously illustrated with 150 colour images, the book also includes a chronology charting the artist's stylistic development.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-10-29 Painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is often romanticized as a tortured and unappreciated genius, famous for his ear-mutilation as much as for his colorful, energetic paintings. This handsome book by Denver Art Museum curator Standring and Van Gogh Museum researcher van Tilborgh, published in association with this fall's exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, sketches a different character, that of an artist who spent his early career making carefully choreographed choices about his subject matter, his religion, his skills, and his influences, in order to position himself as an important new voice in the art world. Essays by eminent art historians (including Simon Kelly, Richard Kendall, Teio Meedendorp, Nicole Myers, and Everett van Uitert) discuss the various ways van Gogh aimed for originality and excellence in his work, always striving to express "universal truths about the human condition, which he held as art's highest purpose." The eclectic early works included in this glossy monograph show us how one of the great masters actively engaged with conventions of form and style, geography, and the world of ideas in order to create something totally new. 262 color illus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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