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Vincent's Portraits: Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh
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Ralph Skea
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Vincent's Portraits: Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh

Ralph Skea


Thames & Hudson

Art & Architecture;
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900;
Portraits in art


112 pages

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An intimate collection of Vincent van Gogh’s portraits and self- portraits?perhaps the work for which he is best known

Despite his posthumous fame as a painter of flowers, still lifes, gardens, landscapes, and city scenes, Vincent van Gogh himself believed that his portraits constituted his most important works. Like other post-Impressionists, Van Gogh sought to capture the essential character of his models by means of expressive color and brushwork. Vincent’s Portraits reflects the strong visual impact with which the artist captured the energy of contemporary life.

In this dramatic set of portraits created during Van Gogh’s ten-year career, the reader sees his desire to record a number of themes, from the plight of the agricultural workers in his native Brabant and the destitution of prostitutes and their children in urban Europe to the lives of his cosmopolitan acquaintances in Paris, including café owners and art dealers. It was here that he began his remarkable sequence of self- portraits. With reference to Van Gogh’s extensive correspondence, Ralph Skea, who has written a number of books about Van Gogh, elaborates on how the artist chose his subjects as a writer would, and how he felt that his portraits should somehow evoke what he considered to be the spiritual underpinning of human existence.

By:   Ralph Skea
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 160mm, 
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9780500519660
ISBN 10:   0500519668
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction: `And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter...' * 1. The Netherlands * 2. Paris * 3. Arles * 4. Saint-Remy de Provence * 5. Auvers-sur-Oise * Sources of Quotations, Further Reading

Skea, an artist and author of a number of books on the man he prefers to call Vincent, follows van Gogh, as he moves from locale to locale, meticulously recording his experiences and emotions in the extensive correspondence with his brother, Theo... Skea uses several quotes from the vast correspondence to create a human connection of the feelings and thoughts that lay behind the massive output... Written with care and affection.

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