Category Archives: Post Impressionists

Van Gogh Murdered!

I’ve just been reading the murder hypothesis in the Van Gogh biography by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, finding it thoroughly unconvincing. It’s based on such flimsy “evidence” that it’s small wonder they didn’t include it in the body … Continue reading

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The Success and Failure of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Red Vineyard, 1888–the single painting that van Gogh sold during his lifetime From Solar Dance by Modris Eksteins: The problem was that Vincent both craved and despised success. Indicative was his response to his last exhibition with … Continue reading

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Edouard Vuillard, Exquisite Soul

Edouard Vuillard, The Terrace at Vasouy, the Garden, 1901, reworked 1935, National Gallery, London Edouard Vuillard has long been one of my favorite painters, and my affection for him has never wavered since I first fell in love with his … Continue reading

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Pissarro and Cézanne to Gorky

Camille Pissarro, Le Potager de Pissarro á Pontoise, 1877 Paul Cézanne, Le Potager de Pissarro á Pontoise, 1877 In my last post (https://trueoutsider.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/camille-pissarro-les-turpitudes-sociales/) on Pissarro I was touching on what I find missing from a large part of the landslide epidemic … Continue reading

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Walter Sickert: Painting Advice

The following is a quote from Frank Slater’s Practical Portrait Painting. Slater was one of Walter Sickert’s students at the Royal Academy of Art in London. He recounts Sickert’s addressing his students: “I find you here painting single figures and … Continue reading

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William Feaver’s Lousy Van Gogh Review

It really gets to me when art critics, particularly those with large reputations, write such careless and callous reviews of major artists of the past. It often feels that their whole intention is to diminish the hard won accomplishments by … Continue reading

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van Gogh/Monticelli

Adolphe Monticelli, Fete Champetré, 15.5 x 23.5 inches, 1860-1865 Jean-Antoine Watteau, Fete Champetre, 1718/1721, 19 x 25 inches, Art Institute of Chicago I wanted to look a bit at the influence of the painter Adolphe Monticelli on Vincent van Gogh, … Continue reading

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