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01-11-2010, 09:34 AM
It is very likely that most of you have already seen this page. It's worth putting here in the forums. You can read the inevitable words of van Gogh.
LINK HERE (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/)

And visit BRIEX van Gogh's THREAD HERE (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26127)
"Although Iíve already written to you, there are still many things you have told me and to which I havenít yet replied. First that youíve rented a room in Tanguy (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/results/person_code/result_person_code-772.html?person_code=772)ís house and that my canvases are there, thatís most interesting Ė provided youíre not paying a lot for it1 (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let800/letter.html) Ė the expenses still continuing and the canvases still taking their time to bring anything back in, that often frightens me.
Be that as it may, I think itís a very good step, and I thank you for it, as for so many other things. Itís curious that Maus (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/results/person_code/result_person_code-505.html?person_code=505) has the idea of inviting young Bernard (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/results/person_code/result_person_code-831.html?person_code=831) and me for the next Vingtistes exhibition, I would really like to exhibit there, while feeling my inferiority alongside so many Belgians who have an enormous amount of talent. That Mellery (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/results/person_code/result_person_code-1211.html?person_code=1211), for instance, is a great artist. And heís also been holding up for a number of years now. But I would do my best to try to do something good this autumn. Iím working non-stop in my room, which is doing me good and driving away, I imagine, these abnormal ideas.
Thus Iíve redone the canvas of the Bedroom.2 (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let800/letter.html) That study is certainly one of the best Ė sooner or later it will definitely have to be lined.3 (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let800/letter.html) It was painted so quickly and dried in such a way that, as the thinner evaporated immediately, the painting doesnít adhere at all firmly to the canvas. This will also be the case with other studies of mine that were painted very quickly and with a thick impasto. Besides, this thin canvas perishes after a while and canít take a lot of impasto.
Youíve taken some excellent stretching frames, damn it, if I had some like that here to work on that would be better than these strips of wood from here that warp in the sun.
People say Ė and Iím quite willing to believe it Ė that itís difficult to know oneself Ė but itís not easy to paint oneself either. Thus Iím working on two portraits of myself at the moment Ė for want of another model Ė 1v:2 (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let800/letter.html) because itís more than time that I did a bit of figure work. One I began the first day I got up, I was thin, pale as a devil. Itís dark violet blue and the head whiteish with yellow hair, thus a colour effect.4 (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let800/letter.html)
But since then Iíve started another one, three-quarter length on a light background.5 (http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let800/letter.html)
Then Iím retouching some studies from this summer Ė anyway Iím working from morning till night." :):):)

01-11-2010, 01:43 PM
Thanks Oriane, for the link. It is interesting to see the sketches and studies of such a famous painter.... but to read..? I cannot read dutch...you can?Just kidding.:-)

01-11-2010, 02:21 PM
History of art of the very best quality, wow:eek:
Many thanks for the link, orianelima

01-11-2010, 04:23 PM
Thanks Oriane. It is interesting to read one of his letters. I would like to read more about him.

Rob in Denver
01-11-2010, 04:57 PM
Van Goghs letters are a must read. So sad the guy doesn't think of himself as being as talented as other contemporaries that have proven less memorable over time. That was the saddest thing, he never had a clue as to his importance. How flabbergasted he would be to know what his paintings now fetch.

01-11-2010, 07:49 PM
Great topic Oriane. I saw and read his letters in the Van Gogh Museum. When I stood there with my nose on Van Gogh's letters, only devided by glass it felt very special to see his handwriting. But above all I liked the phrases and the context and ofcourse his little sketches in those letters. He had often contact with his brother and you see that also this great master had his hesitations about the quality of his own work. He had his struggles during his paint work, how to catch the light etc. Ofcourse (like most famous painters) he became really famous atfer his dead.

01-11-2010, 08:39 PM
Thank you Oriane. Great link. It is wonderful to read these and find out how warm and thinking of an individual he really was, as he is usually portrayed as a mad man. what is amazing to me is the sheer volume of this man's work. He was amazingly prolific as well as being a genius at painting. I never really knew how large a collection of Vincent's paintings there really is. Here is one of the most complete galleries I have found online.
Set the images per page to 96.


01-11-2010, 08:40 PM
Great post Oriane. It is always fascinating to bring the great legends down to a human level. He shares the same fears all artists have and that to me is comforting to know. Thanks for the post!

01-11-2010, 08:53 PM
Thanks gzairborne..... for the link to VanGogh pages.... it was really a treat to see...and i must go back... because i do not know his work that much...

01-12-2010, 12:42 AM

01-12-2010, 08:49 AM
Hey, Briex your letter is a masterpiece of intelligence and good humor:eek:. Very cool how you got the theme and turned it into art. Damn, congratulations. By the way, here is 40 degrees Celsius

01-12-2010, 09:35 AM
Oriane, I wrote and sketched with ArtRage and composed one and other with Photoshop. Here my second 'in the spirit of Van Gogh style' letter for you:


01-12-2010, 10:53 AM
Fantastic thread. I want that book
Oriane, thanks for posting.:)

01-12-2010, 10:59 AM
Another uber cool thread :eek:

I love the handwritten letter in the van gogh style, its so nice to read something that isnt typed, its got more of a personal touch..


01-12-2010, 12:47 PM

01-12-2010, 03:48 PM
Wine Estate "De Apostelhoeve" in Maastricht. The final result...I'm tired. Enjoy!


01-12-2010, 04:11 PM
I love the paintings briex!

01-12-2010, 04:19 PM
Oh! You have so captured the Van Gogh style. I would have mistaken it for the work of the master himself.

01-13-2010, 08:10 AM
Vincent van Gogh, rond 23 mei 1882: "Ik ben weer bezig aan de tekeningen voor C.M. Zullen ze hem zeker bevallen, misschien niet. Ik kan zulke tekeningen niet anders opvatten dan als studies van perspectief, en daarom maak ik ze vooral, om er mij door te oefenen."


Vincent van Gogh, around 23 mei 1882: "I'm busy again with my drawings for C.M. He will obviously like them, maybe not. I can only conclude that such drawings are studies of perspective, and that's why I particulary make them, to practice myself."

One of his sketches was a sketch of the Amsterdam Central Station (see below), or correct me if I'm wrong. With Google Streetview I went today to find almost the same spot where Van Gogh sketched in 1882. I made a sketch aswell of the same train station. You see my sketch under Van Gogh's sketch. In my sketch at this part of the station a road construction is going on.

Hope you like this post.

01-13-2010, 12:08 PM
Briex, your painting has a quality of a great artist. Besides, your enthusiasm and effort that you put in things you do, are contagious. Very cool your participation here in the forums. We expect much more from you.

01-13-2010, 06:06 PM
Thanks Oriane, you're welcome. I cannot stipulate here enough that since I have discovered ArtRage and all those stimulating ArtRagers here increases my output and positive energy day by day.

01-14-2010, 11:25 AM
Briex, have you already painted his sunflowers? Just curious...Lovely pictures of a beautifuly landscape.... i still prefer the red roofs..had to mention that ....heheheh...Anyway, poor guy, such a tragical story....of his life...

01-14-2010, 11:36 AM
AT-TA: I see that you have already painted a sunflower. About Vincent: yeah, when he would have lived now he wouldn't have felt lonely. Internet has brought many same spirits together and it is a nice platform to show off art work and to share and discuss it with the rest of the world.

01-14-2010, 01:04 PM
As you can see, this picture was posted in another thread. I had this image filed a long time. Never published it because I do not know ... I did not like the painting.

Then Gzairborne showed us that wonderful page of van Gogh. It is published in it a painting called: Interior of a Restaurant. A happy coincidence of titles. Now, and after all the comments about the painting I love it.

The link Gzairborne will repeat here, it is worth putting in the library. (http://www.vincent-van-gogh-gallery.org/)

Jim Walsh
01-14-2010, 02:50 PM
Sorry, I missed this thread earlier. I was following the link from Orianelima. Your work, the scketchs and letters and the final painting are really wonderful. Great. Good idea visiting a spot using Google or Bing. I might try that.

01-16-2010, 10:21 AM
Dear friends thank you very much. Jim thank you:)

01-24-2010, 09:31 AM
Exhibition will be open 23 January to 18 April at the Royal Academy of Arts in London: The Real Van Gogh - The artist and his letters. Opportunity not to be missed for those who live nearby.

Interestingly, we anticipate quite a display here in this Forum:eek::eek::eek:.

---------------LINK--------------------------------------------- (http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/vangogh/)