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Van Gogh at work

Author: Marije VellekoopNienke BakkerPaul HolbertonTed AlkinsVincent van GoghAll authors
Publisher: Brussels : Mercatorfonds ; Amsterdam : Van Gogh Museum, New Haven : Distributed outside Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg by Yale University Press [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is often considered to be a genius in a class of his own, an exceptional self-taught artist who paid little attention to the art world around him. In reality, Van Gogh learned extensively from others, exchanged ideas with his contemporaries, and often made use of prevailing methods and techniques to hone his skills. This book explores the workmanship behind his artistry. The reader  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Named Person: Vincent van Gogh
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marije Vellekoop; Nienke Bakker; Paul Holberton; Ted Alkins; Vincent van Gogh; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
ISBN: 9789079310395 9079310395 9789462300040 9462300046
OCLC Number: 847481515
Notes: "First published to accompany the exhibition 'Van Gogh at Work' at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 1 May 2013-12 January 2014."
Description: 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 x 31 cm
Other Titles: Van Gogh aan het werk.
Responsibility: Marije Vellekoop ; with contributions by Nienke Bakker, Maite van Dijk, Muriel Geldof, Ella Hendriks, Birgit Reissland ; text editing, Paul Holberton ; translations, Ted Alkins, Michael Hoyle, Beverley Jackson.

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is often considered to be a genius in a class of his own, an exceptional self-taught artist who paid little attention to the art world around him. In reality, Van Gogh learned extensively from others, exchanged ideas with his contemporaries, and often made use of prevailing methods and techniques to hone his skills. This book explores the workmanship behind his artistry. The reader follows Van Gogh's quest to perfect his skills and the way he adopted various drawing and painting techniques; acquired information about materials; learned about the physical characteristics of canvasses, paint, paper, chalk, and other materials; how he approached working on paper and canvas and which factors influenced his working practice. Showing his work alongside that of other artists demonstrates the degree to which he followed examples set by his contemporaries. Van Gogh's working methods are explored along with his most famous works, addressing topics as the use of a perspective frame, color theory, the influence of contemporaries and the famous repetitions of a theme as in the Sunflowers and the Bedroom series.

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