Friday, September 13, 2013

Who Painted This? #44

Who painted this? #44
One of my favourite artists and a painting I hope to get to see some day. I don't think I've ever seen a painting of the chap in grey before although I have read him.

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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
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  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #43 - The Answer

  • Title of the artworkView from Theo’s apartment
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) 
  • Date it was created:  March 1887 - April 1887
  • Media used: oil on Canvas
  • Where it lives now: Van Gogh Museum

WLANL - Pachango - Gezicht op Parijs vanuit Theo's appartement in de rue Lepic, Vincent van Gogh (1887)
Photograph of the framed painting 
By Niels from Amsterdam, NL 
Van Gogh painted this while he lived with his brother Theo in Rue Lepic in Paris.  This post was interrupted for an hour while I tried to find my photograph of the apartment!

This is when Theo introduced him to Impressionist paintings and artists for the first time and Vincent began to think about different ways of representing colour and light on his canvas.  Do have a read of the page on the Van Gogh Museum website about this period in Van Gogh's life
For four months Van Gogh studies at the prestigious teaching atelier of Fernand Cormon, and he begins to meet the city's modern artists, including Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard, Camille Pissarro, and John Russell
Van Gogh Museum
Theo Van Gogh was managing the Montmartre branch of Goupil & Cie - a well known art dealership in Paris; (now called Boussod, Valadon & Cie).  You can still see the stock books used at the time - however they are very big pdf files!
The original ledgers are available for consultation in the Library's Special Collections. They are searchable in an online database and have also been digitized.
See more at:

"View of Theo's Apartment" in an exhibition in the Van Gogh Museum
Part of an exhibition about the Colour and Light of Van Gogh's paintings
Screenshot courtesy of Google Art Project

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this? #43 - Well done to all of you who got the answer correct.  I'm pretty sure most of you were in the same boat as me - and had never seen the painting before.  Just goes to show what awareness of technique and what places look like can do!

John O'Grady provided the first correct answer

Others providing correct answers included the following - a few of whom know an awful lot more about Van Gogh paintings and paintings of the roofs of Paris!

If you'd like to study how people get the correct answer try studying past challenges which are listed in the Page Who painted this? - at the the top of the Page. Since of the requirements is to say how you found it, you can see the various ways people get to the answer.

Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted. You have been warned!


  1. Easy one!

    Chaucer at the Court of Edward III

    Ford Madox Brown


    oil on canvas

    48.5 X 39 inches

    Belongs to the Tate, but currently on loan to The Pushkin State Museum, Russia

    Found quickly by searching for "Pre-Raphaelite history paintings"

  2. "Chaucer at the Court of Edward 3" by Ford Madox Brown. Its in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, painted between 1847 and 1851. It is oils on canvas and I've never seen it either, but then I'm not really a pre-raphaelite fan (although after being in Italy I can really see were they are coming form - those pre-1500 painting/frescoes really did blow me away!).

    Anyway, how did I identify it? You gave a clue - an author you'd read, but never seen a painting of. Looking at style of dress guessed most likely Chaucer, put Chaucer painting into google images and it comes up straight away.

  3. Artist....Ford Maddox Brown
    Title....Chaucer at the court of Edward 111
    Date ...1847-1851
    Medium...Oil on canvas
    Where it is....Art Gallery of New South Wales
    How I found it...I looked up Pre Raphaelites and found a painting with a similar curved top frame , looked up the artist on Wiki commons and got all the details

  4. Who Painted This? #44
    Artist: Ford Madox Brown, English, 16 April 1821 - 6 October 1893

    Title: Geoffrey Chaucer reading the Legend of Custance to Edward III and his court

    Date: 1847 - 51

    Medium: Oil on canvas

    Dimensions: 372.0 x 296.0 cm stretcher; 391.0 x 315.0 x 8.0 cm frame

    Location: Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Recognized the painter but not the painting. Your clue as to the depicted reader was of immense use when I searched for a FMB painting with Chaucer reading.

  5. Ford Madox Brown
    Chaucer at the Court of Edward III
    Oil on Canvas
    1847-1851 Not dated
    Art Gallery NSW Sidney, Australia
    Never officially a member of the
    Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
    Knew that it was from the
    Pre-Raphaelite movement due to
    the style of dress.

  6. This is an oil painting by Ford Madox Brown, called "Chaucer at the Court of Edward lll", painted in 1847-1851, located at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    I thought this painting looked rather like a story teller than a priest, and the clothing seemed to fit Chaucer's time period, so I checked for Chaucer paintings and the painting came up.

  7. An inspired guess! From the costumes I assumed it was Geoffrey Chaucer. Your comment about never having seen a portrait of him was the clue. It is a romanticised picture of him reading to people which suggested it was 19th century, rather than earlier, which would have been a simple portrait. I then started with the Tate and struck lucky. The full title is "Chaucer at the Court of Edward III". The Tate states it is a replica of a large painting by Ford Madox Brown (exhibited in 1851) and painted approximately 1856 to 1868, oil on canvas, size 1232 x 991 not including its frame, and is on loan to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. I'm far too late to be the first to find this out - I'm in Australia, but I feel pleased that I had already worked most of it out before starting at the galleries. It makes life so much easier, lol!

  8. No 44
    Chaucer at the Court of Edward III
    Ford Madox Brown 1856-68
    Oil on Canvas
    In the Tate
    I was given Gaunts "Pre-Raphaelite Dream"in 1952 and remembered this painting from there. Memory said it is in the Tate and a quick trip to their website confirmed this.

  9. Geoffrey Chaucer reading the Legend of Custance to Edward III and his court at the Palace of Sheen, on the Anniversary of the Black Prince's Forty-fifth Birthday.

    Oil on canvas
    by Ford Maddox Brown and gives these dates for when it was painted and its location as
    Location Tate Britain - London

    wiki gives these dates and location
    painted 1847-1851
    Current Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

    either wiki has got it wrong or there are 2.
    (Found it this am then forgot to post this till now)
    Drew a blank after searching round Italy and a few saints (Benedictines wear grey) Mr C thought it wasn't a religious scene with a preacher as the some of the listeners at the front of the painting were lolling around, maybe one of them a court jester so googled 'reading to a court'


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