Connections · Fine Art · Look Here · Vincent van Gogh

Connections: Theodore Rousseau and Vincent van Gogh

[CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE]


I think what [the critic Gustave] Kahn says is quite true, that I haven’t paid enough attention to values, but it’ll be quite another thing they’ll say later — and no less true.

It’s not possible to do both values and colour.

Théodore Rousseau has done it better than anyone else, by mixing his colours [with bitumen] the darkness caused by time has increased, and now [some of] his paintings are hardly recognizable.

You can’t be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You have to choose. And I have high hopes of doing that, too, and it will probably be colour.

[SOURCE: Vincent van Gogh, Letter 594, addressed to Theo van Gogh, from Arles, Monday, 9 April 1888. Via vangoghletters.org.]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s