Research point: Van Gogh’s Letters

This was an interesting exercise. I had heard that Van Gogh was a regular correspondent with his brother, but the sheer volume of correspondence took me by surprise, well over 900 so far as I could see.

I found the following site the best repository of the letters

http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters.html

Reading through the letters gives a real sense of period and Van Gogh’s powers of observation are remarkable.

Attached is a sheet of a few extracts from letters and my comments and learning points from them.

Whilst researching this subject I also came across this fascinating account of how Van Gogh’s use of colour was influenced by the time he spent in Paris and his exposure to other artists there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24537244

This was a good exercise, without it I would not have the same insight that I now have to Van Gogh’s approach to painting.

Van-Gogh-letters

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