STUDIO OF THE SOUTH: Van Gogh in Provence


STUDIO OF THE SOUTH: Van Gogh in Provence

MARTIN BAILEY    Book Number: 85562    Product format: Hardback

A superbly detailed narrative, spectacularly illustrated. The Yellow House in Arles was painted 'outside in the yellow of fresh butter, with garish green shutters,' wrote Vincent Van Gogh. He referred to it as 'my studio in the south' staying in Arles, Provence, for 15 months during 1888-89. It was there that he completed over 200 of his iconic paintings, impressively working out at over three a week. Amongst them were many of his finest works - flowers, wheat fields, self-portraits, orchards and Mediterranean seascapes, often bathed in the wonderful golden light of the area. This book reproduces a third of his Arles paintings, plus his recently accepted portrait of Gauguin (fig 97). Originally he had hoped that the Yellow House could be shared with another Parisian artist, to stimulate both of their work, but it wasn't to be. The avant-garde circles and leading impressionists that he mingled with in Paris were mainly absent, though there were some artists in the area, notably Gauguin. This is a look at the painter, his life and work during his time in Arles until the tragic end of the Studio of the South, when in a fit of madness or rage the artist cut off a section of his ear. The author explores this incident, believing that it was triggered by a letter received earlier that day from Theo, Van Gogh's brother, announcing he was to be married. As Theo was his closest companion this would have upset him and also caused worry that his brother might withdraw the financial support that allowed him to paint. Whatever the reason, Van Gogh sliced his ear with a razor, wrapped the severed flesh in paper and, bloodstained, presented it to his favourite prostitute, who promptly fainted. He was taken to hospital where his mental state deteriorated until doctors were preparing to admit him to an asylum, when suddenly he made an astonishing recovery. However, after other mental issues he was told he must leave his beloved Yellow House, and he returned to the hospital, where he continued to paint. Artist Paul Signac was a visitor. A brilliant, sympathetic look at one of the world's greatest artists, lavishly illustrated. 224pp. 8" x 10". Hundreds of colour illus and sketches on quality paper, plus photos in mono and colour.
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ISBN 9780711236677
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