Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Van Gogh and John Updike - a review

Cypresses, 1889
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Reed pen, pen, and ink, graphite on wove paper; 62.2 x 47.1 cm (24 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Frank L. Babbott Fund and the A. Augustus Healy Fund

Yesterday I came upon a wonderful essay/review by John Updike of the 2005 exhibition of Van Gogh Drawings at the Met. in New York (in the New York Review of Books dated 1 December 2005) and its catalogue Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings by Susan Alyson Stein, Colta Ives, Sjraar Van Heugten, Marije Vellekoop and Vincent Van Gogh(Illustrator)

This review is a MUST read for all Van Gogh fans.

The catalogue's not bad either.......
This 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. (Metropolitan Museum of Art Store description)
The drawing of cypresses is part of the impressive drawings collection of the Brooklyn Museum (while the painting of the same subject is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Readers interested in Impressionism will probably want to visit the Brooklyn Museum's current exhibition focuses on Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. And you don't have to be in New York to see it as this exhibition will travel to the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida, where it will be on view in summer 2007, as well as to other United States venues to be announced.

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  1. Well spotted, Katherine. Thank you. It's very good indeed. I'm off to return three Van Gogh books to the local library - frustratingly all in Italian - but I enjoyed the pictures! Will there be a Fine Line Artist of the Month for March? I think I'll go into a slump if there isn't :)

  2. Yes indeedy! I will be posting tomorrow morning.........

    (Actually I've got two more VG posts to do as well!!!)

  3. Katherine,

    I really enjoy your blog. I've been reading mostly without commenting, but it's very well thought out and presented. I'm a Van Gogh fan too. One among the masses. He was and always will be truly amazing.

  4. Have you seen this film? Great scenes with Gauguin, as well. The director has posted some very interesting insights about van Gogh.


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