11.05.2015 Transmission 19-2015 : “Van Gogh assis, vu de dos”, discussion of the original print

 

Cover Transmission 19

Printable version : BTP 19-2015

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“Van Gogh assis, vu de dos” Asnières, winter 1886-1887

Aristotype, 132×160 mm, later mount, caption in ink by Bernard on the print, another  handwriting on the folded mount.

Provenance : S. Clin, a collector of Émile Bernard’s paintings and memorabilia, who lent this unique print to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for the Émile Bernard exhibition, August-Nov. 1990.

Nevertheless, most photographic and digital copies still reproduce a post-1940’s version, printed from an inter-negative, the caption being partially hidden by a blank label. The first confirmed publication was in: Tralbaut, Van Gogh le mal aimé, Lausanne, 1969, page 210.

This aristotype, or collodion coated paper print, is the only vintage print known of the famous picture welcoming visitors at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Sitting in front of Vincent Van Gogh, Émile Bernard who wrote “mon portrait en 1886” (My Portrait in 1886). Only few objective elements can confirm
the identification, the grey felt hat, the shoulders (see Pissarro, p.5). Émile Bernard
is said to have only few friends. The tree has no leaves, the weather could be cold. The date in the long second
caption says 1887. In the Van Gogh correspondence, mentions of Asnières start only in 1887.

Who could have taken the picture? Paul Signac is knwn as a friend of both but no evidence of any photographic activity about 1887 could be found.

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10.05.2015 Trois articles dans La Plume, 1891 : Émile Bernard décrit Vincent Van Gogh

Exposition des artistes independants, La Plume, septembre 1891

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“Red-heated (goatee, rough mustache, shaven scalp) with an eagle look and an incisive mouth, so to speak; of average height, stocky but not excessively so, with quick gestures and a gerky gait ; such was van Gogh, always with his pipe, a canvas or an engraving, or a sketch.

Vehement in speech, interminable in explaining and developing ideas, not given to controversy, that was him too ; and dreams, oh ! dreams ! Gigantic exhibitions, artist’s philanthropic phalansteries, founding of colonies in the South, progressive invasion of the public for that reeducation of the masses who yet had known art in the past…”

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Paul Gauguin par Aurier

 

Pièce jointe

 

Dubois-Pillet par Jules Antoine

30.04.2015 Van Gogh Museum reaction : “the only confirmed photograph… is shot from behind”

“Van Gogh photo unlikely to be him, experts say.

A photo purporting to show Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh with Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard is unlikely to be him, the Parool reports on Thursday.

The photograph is to be auctioned by Brussels antiquarian bookstore and auction house The Romantic Agony in June. The catalogue describes the picture as a ‘remarkable portrait of Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh’.

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However, the only confirmed photographs of Van Gogh show the painter as a child, plus one of him as an adult sitting with Bernard and shot from behind, the Parool says.

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