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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Van Gogh - Metropolitan Museum of Art , NYC

La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle 1889)

Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
Of the five versions of Van Gogh's portrait of Augustine Roulin, wife of his friend the postmaster of Arles, The present canvas is the one the sitter chose for herself, Van Gogh remarked that "she had a good eye and took the best."  He began the portraits just before his breakdown in Arles, in December 1888, and completed them in early 1889.  As he worked on the successive versions, the composition (which he titled La Berceuse, meaning "lullaby, or woman who rocks the cradle," indicated by the rope the sitter holds) took on added meaning.  As he revealed in his letters, the material image became the focus of literary and symbolic associations, ranging from the writings of Dutch and French novelists to the consoling music of Berhoz and Wagnet.  Van Gogh envisioned La Bercuse as the center of a triptych, flanked by Sunflowers, like candelabra.

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