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Connections: Vincent van Gogh and Glenn Brown

I posted the following three images one after the other on TRANSISTORADIO earlier today, but I have since had the thought that perhaps a few folks who don’t follow my tumblr but do follow this blog will appreciate the juxtaposition, too, so here the images are, together again for the first time in a single post:

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Connections: Theodore Rousseau and Vincent van Gogh

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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.]


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Look Here: Two self-portraits by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh painted over thirty self-portraits during his lifetime; these two, from 1887 and 1888 respectively, have long been my favourites:

“I purposely bought a mirror good enough to enable me to work from my image in default of a model, because if I can manage to paint the colouring of my own head, which is not to be done without some difficulty, I shall likewise be able to paint the heads of other good souls, men and women.” — Vincent van Gogh, letter to Theo van Gogh, Arles, c. 16 September 1888