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Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings

Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings

Ives, Colta, Susan Alyson Stein, Sjraar van Heugten, and Marije Vellekoop, with Marjorie Shelley
392 pages
90 illustrations
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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) believed that drawing was "the root of everything." A self-taught artist, he succeeded, between 1881 and 1890, in developing an inimitable graphic style. This book traces the artist's successive triumphs as a draftsman, first in the Netherlands and later in France, highlighting the diversity of his technical invention and the striking continuity of his vision. Given the pivotal role drawings played in Van Gogh's artistic conception and the rich dialectic they enjoyed with his oil paintings, a small selection of related canvases by the artist is also featured. This book presents approximately 120 works in charcoal, ink, graphite, watercolor, and diluted oils. The authors explore enduring questions that surround Van Gogh's drawings, including their manufacture, artistic precedents, and contribution to Modernism. In addition, the text discusses the significance of the artist's drawing practice to his development as a painter. The essays and entries feature the most current research on Van Gogh's drawings and provide fresh interpretations of the motivating influences that shaped the artist's contributions to the history of drawing.

Met Art in Publication

The Diggers, Jean-François Millet  French, Etching on laid paper; fourth state of four
ca. 1855
Cottage among Trees, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, on paper washed with brown
ca. 1650
Marketplace in Pontoise, Camille Pissarro  French, Graphite, pen and black-gummed ink on buff wove paper (glossy on verso); right margin torn from notebook
Courbevoie: Factories by Moonlight, Georges Seurat  French, Conté crayon
Clement de Jonghe, Printseller, Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn)  Dutch, Etching, drypoint, and engraving; first of six states
The Scream, Edvard Munch  Norwegian, Lithograph
Matisse Painting Mme Matisse in a Japanese Robe at the Seashore, André Derain  French, Ink on paper
summer 1905
Nursery on Schenkweg, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Black chalk, graphite, pen, brush, and ink, heightened with white body color on laid paper watermarked ED & CIE (in a cartouche)
April–May 1882
Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Reed pen, quill, and brown ink over black chalk on wove paper (backed with wove paper)
ca. July 15, 1888
The Zouave, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Reed pen and brown ink, wax crayon and watercolor, over graphite on wove paper
ca. June 20, 1888
Wheat Field, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Reed pen and logwood ink over graphite on wove paper
July 1888
Shoes, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Corridor in the Asylum, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil color and essence over black chalk on pink laid ("Ingres") paper
September 1889

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Gogh, Vincent van, and Colta Feller Ives. 2005. Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings. New York : Amsterdam : New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art ; Van Gogh Museum ; Yale University Press.