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Felix Vallotton, 1865-1925

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781783100217
Author(s): Nathalia Brodskaia
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: Parkstone Press
Dimensions: 145 x 178 x 27 (w x l x h)
Pages: 255
Series: Mega Square

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Vincent van Gogh's life and work are so intertwined that it is hardly possible to observe one without thinking of the other. Van Gogh has indeed become the incarnation of the suffering, misunderstood martyr of modern art, the emblem of the artist as an outsider. An article, published in 1890, gave details about van Gogh's illness. The author of the article saw the painter as 'a terrible and demented genius, often sublime, sometimes grotesque, always at the brink of the pathological.' Very little is known about Vincent's childhood. At the age of eleven he had to leave 'the human nest', as he called it himself, for various boarding schools. The first portrait shows us van Gogh as an earnest nineteen year old. At that time he had already been at work for three years in The Hague and, later, in London in the gallery Goupil & Co. In 1874 his love for Ursula Loyer ended in disaster and a year later he was transferred to Paris, against his will. After a particularly heated argument during Christmas holidays in 1881, his father, a pastor, ordered Vincent to leave. With this final break, he abandoned his family name and signed his canvases simply 'Vincent'.
He left for Paris and never returned to Holland. In Paris he came to know Paul Gauguin, whose paintings he greatly admired. The self-portrait was the main subject of Vincent's work from 1886c88. In February 1888 Vincent left Paris for Arles and tried to persuade Gaug
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