Monday, March 30, 2020

MAMA #2: All about Vincent Van Gogh on his birthday

The second in my series of 'Making A Mark Archive posts' is about Vincent Van Gogh. If you read all my blog posts, listed below, and follow up the links it'll keep you occupied all day!

Vincent Van Gogh was born 167 years ago today on 30 March 1853 in the Netherlands. 

In 2007 I did a very big project on Van Gogh and have written periodically about him over the years. This is a list of my Van Gogh blog posts categorised by:
  • Van Gogh and Drawing
  • Van Gogh's Paintings
  • Van Gogh and Flowers and Gardens
  • Exhibitions
  • Videos
  • Miscellaneous posts
    They include include lots of images of wonderful drawings and paintings by Van Gogh.  Many of them are my photographs of the originals in exhibitions.
      The one below is my copy - in coloured pencils - of his painting of Almond Blossom which I did as an exercise while doing my project on Van Gogh. 

      A copy of Van Gogh's Almond Blossom 1890 (in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
      9" x 12", coloured pencils on hot press paper
      copyright Katherine Tyrrell

      Van Gogh and Drawing

      "I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
      His approach to drawing was a revelation for me in terms of mark-making.

      I remember learning that all those who talked about Van Gogh as if he had a manic approach to his artwork - working very quickly - had very obviously never ever tried drawing with a reed pen and ink!

      Cottage Garden, 1888
      Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)

      Reed pen, quill, and ink over graphite on wove paper;
      61 x 49 cm (24 x 19 1/4 in.)
      Private Collection
      Exhibited at: "Vincent Van Gogh - the Drawings" Metropolitan Museum of Art -

      Van Gogh's Paintings

      Self portrait as an art (1888) - Van Gogh
      painted shortly before he left Paris for Arles
      Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

      Van Gogh' Perspective Frame
      Illustrated in Letter 254 To Theo van Gogh. The Hague, Saturday, 5 or Sunday, 6 August 1882
      As seen in Royal Academy of Arts: The Real Van Gogh Exhibition - The Artist and his Letters exhibition

      Flowers and gardens by Van Gogh

      Other Exhibitions 

      crop of "Two Cut Sunflowers" by Van Gogh
      oil 1886
      (the painting was acquired by Degas in 1895 when virtually nobody was buying Van Gogh's work)

      Other videos

      Miscellaneous posts about Van Gogh

      Below is a list of my blog posts about Vincent Van Gogh excluding those listed above

      Plus posts about Sarah Wimperis 

      Sarah Wimperis was the only English painter on the "Loving Vincent" project

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