Thursday, 7 January 2010

Van Gogh's approach to drawing landscapes

This is a link to a post on my main blog about Van Gogh: Drawing Landscapes.

I wrote this as part of a month long project studying Van Gogh in 2007. It specifically deals with his drawings rather than paintings of landscapes

Wheat Field with Cypresses at the Haude Galline near Eygalieres
Vincent van Gogh - 1889
Drawing Height: 47 cm (18.5 in.), Width: 62 cm (24.41 in.)
Van Gogh Museum (Netherlands)

It summarises my conclusions from studying his drawings of landscapes in terms of:
  • Proportion (landscapes)
  • Townscapes and realism
  • Gardens and parks
  • Trees
  • Japanese influence (Ukiyo-e) on Van Gogh
  • the Montmajour series
The Park at Arles Vincent van Gogh - 1889
Drawing - chalk; Height: 49 cm (19.29 in.), Width: 61.5 cm (24.21 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago (United States)

I also developed this list of links to the Van Gogh Letters which discussed aspects of landscape[Update: I should have remembered to also provide a link to my information site - Vincent Van Gogh - Resources for Art Lovers.
Find out about Vincent Van Gogh, his drawings and paintings and where you can see and read about them. This site shares information about:
  • the life of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Van Gogh's letters and where you can see and read them
  • the art of Vincent Van Gogh - his drawings, watercolours and oil paintings
  • museums, art galleries and exhibitions where you can see Van Gogh's paintings in person or images of them online,
  • books and articles about Van Gogh's life and artwork; and
  • other resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about how Van Gogh worked
References to famous artists and their approach to landscape art

Do you have a past post on your blog which discusses landscape art in the context of a specific artist in art history?

If you do why not contact me by e-mail with a note of the URL and a suitable summary for inclusion in this blog.

3 comments:

Marie Theron said...

Hi Katherine,Thank you for this special landscape art blog and for your intensive research from which we all can benefit!It was just amazing to reach Vincent's letters to Theo van Gogh with one click. (We had a book with the letters in high school library so many years ago.) This artist started out in form and monotone, but afterwards started thinking in colour, using pure colour as his vocabulary!

vivien said...

it's that wonderful variety of mark making that I like so much in his drawings

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I agree - there's nobody quite like him. Plus of course it's all done with a reed pen which is not the most flexible of tools for drawing!

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