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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.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Van Gogh - Metropolitan Museum of Art , NYC

Self-Portrait with  a Straw Hat (1887)
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Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City

In 1886, at age thirty-two, Van Gogh arrived in Paris "not even know[ing] what the Impressionist were. "By the time he left, two years later, he had cast off the muddy palette and coarse brushwork that had characterized his earlier efforts and embraced the latest developments in painting.  Here he demonstrates his awareness of Neo-Impressionist technique and color theory, using the back of a Dutch peasant study he had taken with him to Paris.

  Van Gogh produced more than twenty self portraits during Prisian sojourn, Short of funds but determined nevertheless to hone his skills as a figure painter, he became his own best sitter.  "I deliberately bought a good mirror so if I lacked a model I could work from my own likeness."

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