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Van Gogh at Work (Mercatorfonds)
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Van Gogh at Work (Mercatorfonds) Hardcover - 2013

by Vellekoop, Marije

From the publisher

Vincent van Gogh (1853 1890) is often considered to be a genius in a class of his own, an exceptional self-taught artist who paid little attention to the art world around him. In reality, Van Gogh learned extensively from others, exchanged ideas with his contemporaries, and often made use of prevailing methods and techniques to hone his skills.

This extraordinary book explores the workmanship behind his artistry. The reader follows Van Gogh s quest to perfect his skills and the way he adopted various drawing and painting techniques; acquired information about materials; learned about the physical characteristics of canvasses, paint, paper, chalk, and other materials; how he approached working on paper and canvas and which factors influenced his working practice. Showing his work alongside that of other artists demonstrates the degree to which he followed examples set by his contemporaries. Van Gogh s working methods are explored along with his most famous works, addressing topics as the use of a perspective frame, color theory, the influence of contemporaries and the famous repetitions of a theme as in the "Sunflowers "and the "Bedroom "series."


  • Title Van Gogh at Work (Mercatorfonds)
  • Author Vellekoop, Marije
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition Distributed by Y
  • Pages 296
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Mercatorfonds, Amsterdam
  • Date 2013
  • ISBN 9780300191868

About the author

Marije Vellekoop is curator of prints and drawings at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.