Van Gogh Museum Editions
The Van Gogh Museum Editions consist of 9 masterworks by Van Gogh,
dating from the period between 1887 and 1890:
Arles, January 1889
oil on canvas, 95 cm x 73 cm
Van Gogh's paintings of sunflowers are among his most famous. Vincent painted a total of five large canvases with sunflowers in a vase, with three shades of yellow "and nothing else". The sunflower paintings had a special significance for Van Gogh: they communicated "gratitude", he wrote. His friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, was impressed by the sunflowers, which he thought were "completely Vincent".
Auvers-sur-Oise, June 1890
oil on canvas, 50.2 cm x 101 cm
Van Gogh made this evening landscape in the fields near Auvers, with a view of the local castle. He rendered the tangled black branches of the pear trees with a flurry of black brushstrokes. This reinforces the contrast between the dark trees and the luminous yellow sky.
The painting seems somewhat like a panorama because of its wide format. It is one meter wide and 50 centimeters high.
Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890
oil on canvas, 50.4 cm x 101.3 cm
In the last weeks of his life, Van Gogh completed a number of impressive paintings of the wheatfields around Auvers. This open span of wheat field under a dark sky is one of them. In these landscapes he tried to express "sadness, extreme loneliness". But the overwhelming emotions that Van Gogh delivered of nature were also positive.
Arles, June 1888
oil on canvas, 73.4 cm x 91.8 cm
You can almost feel the dryness and heat in this painting of the flat landscape around Arles in southern of France. Van Gogh wanted to show peasant life and work on the land – a recurring theme in his art – and painted several stages of the harvest. Van Gogh considered this as one of his most successful paintings, writing to his brother Theo that the "canvas absolutely kills all the rest".
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, July 1889
oil on canvas, 73.0 cm x 92.3 cm
This Van Gogh painting shows a corner of the garden at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. At first glance, all you can see here are some tree trunks overgrown with ivy and patches of light on the ground. But if you zoom into this painting, you can hardly see anything but a sea of loose brushstrokes. These strokes are mostly short and surprisingly varied in colour. The only longer lines are the outlines of the trees.
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890
oil on canvas, 73.3 cm x 92.4 cm
Large blossom branches like this against a blue sky were one of Van Gogh's favourite subjects. Almond trees flower early in the spring making them a symbol of new life. The painting was a gift for his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo, who had just had a baby son, Vincent Willem.
Arles, June 1888
oil on canvas, 65cmx81.5cm
When Van Gogh stayed at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, he finished nine sketches, including two sea views and a fishing village scenery. He did draw the boats there and later made this painting at home.
He finish the painting after he returned his studio in Arles. Van Gogh associated the colour of the boats with flowers, writing to his friend Bernard that "On the perfectly flat and sandy beach, little green, red, blue boats, so pretty in shape and colour that they made one think of flowers."
Paris, March - April 1887
oil on canvas, 46 cm x 55.5 cm
Boulevard de Clichy is one of the major streets in the Paris district of Montmartre, where many artists lived.
In Paris, Van Gogh was exposed to the latest art movements of his day, Impressionism and Pointillism. This gradually led him to use lighter colours. His style of brushwork, with many dashes of paint side by side, shows the influence of these art movements. In the same paintings, he also tried out diluted oil paint.
Arles, October 1888
oil on canvas, 72.4 cm x 91.3 cm
While he was in Arles, Van Gogh made this painting of his bedroom in the Yellow House. He prepared the room himself with simple furniture and with his own work on the wall. The bright colours were meant to express absolute "repose" or "sleep". Van Gogh was very pleased with the painting: "When I saw my canvases again after my illness, what seemed to me the best was the bedroom."
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