Becoming van Gogh - Standring, Timothy; van Tilborgh, Louis; Myers, Nicole; van Eitert, Everett; Kendall, Richard; Meedendorp, Teio; Kelly, Simon; Denver Art Museum - Yale University Press
Art and Architecture

Published in association with the Denver Art Museum 

Becoming van Gogh

  • Timothy J. Standring and Louis van Tilborgh; With essays by Simon Kelly, Richard Kendall, Teio Meedendorp, Nicole Myers, Timothy J. Standring, Louis van Tilborgh, and Everett van Uitert; With a contribution by Alisia Robin Coon
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The career path of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), one of the world's most recognizable artists, was anything but typical. Focusing on the early stages of van Gogh's artistic development, Becoming van Gogh illustrates the artist's efforts to master draftsmanship, understand the challenges of materials and techniques, incorporate color theory, and fold myriad influences into his artistic vocabulary. Van Gogh was aware of avant-garde trends including Georges Seurat's divisionism, Paul Signac's and Camille Pissarro's pointillism, Émile Bernard's synthetism, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's immersion in the bohemian culture of Montmartre.

This handsome book features works by van Gogh alongside works by the artists who influenced him, showing how he incorporated elements of their techniques into a style that became, eventually, uniquely his own. It features essays exploring how van Gogh imbued his early works with energy as he strove to master drawing with graphite, ink, and washes; how he began to understand color with watercolor paintings; and how he tested his skill with oils on canvas. The distinguished contributors to this volume offer insight into van Gogh's temperament, memory, typography, and relationship with his critics, among other topics. Generously illustrated with 262 color images, the book also includes a chronology charting the artist's stylistic development.

Timothy Standring is the Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Denver Art Museum. Louis van Tilborgh is a senior researcher at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.


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