The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is the custodian of more than 200 paintings by Vincent Van Gogh - the largest and most representative collection in the world. This is the second volume in a series of detailed paintings collection catalogues which, alongside the complete catalogue of Van Gogh's drawings, provide a unique opportunity to study and enjoy the works that form part of this premier collection.
Covering the periods Van Gogh spent in Antwerp and Paris in the mid-1880s, this book focuses on 93 paintings, which include famous self-portraits, flower paintings and views of Montmartre. The works reveal how, within a relatively brief period, Van Gogh turned from realist painter with an idealistic message into a true modernist who aimed to build on the achievements of the Impressionists. In this he drew inspiration from a wide range of influences, such as the Provencal artist Adolphe Monticelli, the (neo)-Impressionist movement and Japanese graphic art. Addressing these developments, the text also considers at length the changes in Van Gogh's use of materials, which so exemplified his love of experiment and his quest for technical diversity.
Including a wealth of complementary works by Van Gogh (around 100) and other artists, which create a rich and colourful context to the works central to this volume, this publication combines outstanding imagery with first-class scholarship to create an invaluable reference resource.
Louis van Tilborgh is Senior Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum and author of Vincent Van Gogh Paintings - Volume 1: Dutch Period 1881-85 (1999). Ella Hendriks is Senior Conservator at the Van Gogh Museum.
Contents: Foreword; Introduction; The history of the collection: exchanges, gifts, sales and the sacrosanct core, Louis van Tilborgh; Treatment history of the collection, Ella Hendriks; Establishing the chronology, Louis van Tilborgh; From realist to modernist: Van Gogh meets the Parisian avant-garde, Louis van Tilborgh; Van Gogh's working practice: A technical study I; Developing technique and style, Ella Hendriks; Catalogue: Note to the reader; Catalogue numbers 45-137; Tables: 1. Paint-sellers visited in Paris; 2. Carton supports; 3. Primed canvas supports; 4. Standard-sized canvases (used for Paris pictures in the Van Gogh Museum Collection); 5. Reused pictures; 6. Pictures with underdrawing from a perspective frame; 7. Pigments identified in visible image; Appendices: I Rejected works; II The dates of the Antwerp and Paris paintings; Documentation: Exhibitions; Literature; Index.