Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida is on the web HERE.
Three things I learned about Vincent Van Gogh from reading Van Gogh by Pierre Cabanne, © 1961:
- When Van Gogh took up painting, late in life, he began by taking lessons, visiting museums to study the works of the masters, and inviting established artists to critique his work. In the popular imagination he simply sat down at his canvas and let the genius flow forth– and there was an element of that– but he had carefully laid the foundation.
- He didn’t cut off his whole ear, just the tip of his earlobe. That’s still disturbing and indicative of a troubled mind, but far less ghastly than if he had lopped off the whole thing.
- While it is true he sold only a single painting while alive, his career had a major breakthrough shortly before his suicide. A respected art critic had published a glowing review of his work, and he was being contacted by other successful painters who were intrigued by his work and wanted to meet him and exchange paintings. He had several public exhibitions which were widely attended and brought positive attention. He had every objective reason to be optimistic.
Wall painting at the City Palace, now the Rao Madan Singh Trust Museum, Kota, Rajasthan. (via Instagram: Sudha G.)
Sudha G. wrote:
The Blue Yogi. Without any doubt, this was my favourite amongst all the wall paintings at the Kota Garh or Kota City Palace.
It was this brilliant blue in a room filled with paintings that caught my eye and then it was the details that mesmerized me. The twinkle in the Blue Yogi’s eyes, the way the peacocks are painted, the calm face of the young man as he writes something with his left hand, the visitor who is probably a king, the gold girdle of the Blue Yogi, the pops of gold in the painting… it is beautiful.
“I felt that he would either go mad or leave the Impressionists far behind. But I did not suspect that both these presentiments would prove correct.” ~Camille Pissarro on Vincent Van Gogh, quoted in Van Gogh by Pierre Cabanne, © 1961
Over the Horizon – a Jersey Nocturne
Sir Claude Francis Barry (1883-1970)
“Tell (Paul) Gauguin that after thirty years of painting I’m flat broke. These young people should remember that!” ~Camille Pissarro, in a letter to Eugène Murer on August 8, 1884
I think they knew. It didn’t stop them, though. 😀