30.11.2018 Dutch museum can recognize mistakes: Photo of Vincent van Gogh turns out to be his brother Theo – Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, just published the result of a several-years long thought about photographic portraits of the Van Gogh brothers.

Above: The portrait on the left is now accepted by all authorities as a portrait of young Theo van Gogh.

A direct witness of the van Gogh brothers different physionomies is certainly Johanna Bunger who described her brother in law after his return from Arles:

“Vincent returned from the South on May 17, 1890. First he was going to spend a few days with us in Paris… I had expected a sick man, but here was a sturdy, broad-shouldered man, with a healthy colour, a smile on his face, and a very resolute appearance; of all the self-portraits, the one before the easel is most like him at that period. Apparently there had again come the sudden puzzling change in his condition that the Reverend Mr. Salles had already observed to his great surprise at Arles.  — He seems perfectly well; he looks much stronger than Theo —  was my first thought…”. (Johannah Van Gogh-Bonger, december 1913).

Link to the museum article:  https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/news-and-press/press-releases/photo-of-vincent-van-gogh-turns-out-to-be-his-brother-theo?v=1

Encouraging news.

14.12.2016 Hommage a Gabriel Aurier, natif de Châteauroux, pour le 125e anniversaire de sa définition de l’art.

Gabriel Aurier (1865-1892) donna une définition de l’art considérée comme symboliste dans un article du Mercure de France de 1891 :

« L’œuvre d’art devra être

— premièrement idéiste, puisque son idéal unique sera l’expression de l’idée,

— deuxièmement symboliste puisqu’elle exprimera cette idée en forme,

— troisièmement synthétique puisqu’elle écrira ses formes, ses signes selon un mode de compréhension général,

— quatrièmement subjective puisque l’objet n’y sera jamais considéré en tant qu’objet mais en tant que signe perçu par le sujet,

— cinquièmement l’œuvre d’art devra être décorative. »

Il est aussi l’auteur, sous la signature Albert Aurier du premier article publié (de son vivant) sur Vincent Van Gogh.

LES ISOLÉS – VINCENT VAN GOGH

Et voilà que, tout à coup, dès là rentrée dans l’ignoble tohubohu boueux de la rue sale et de la laide vie réelle, éparpillées, chantèrent, malgré moi, ces bribes de vers en ma mémoire :

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17.11.2016 Discussion on the Authentification of 1 of 65 Vincent Van Gogh Drawings

On Thursday 17 November 2016 was published by Seuil a book  called “Le Brouillard d’Arles”, edited by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov.

At the same moment, the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum released a negative statement on the authentification.

Without any doubt, this scientific discussion is, whatever will be the conclusion, an inspiration for scholarship.

We compare one point which could become pieces of disproving/supporting evidence :

The Pont Langlois, (first drawing, Pont-X).

The Amsterdam Museum proposes an argument : “The house is on the wrong side of the canal”.

pont-1

The actual Pont Van Gogh bridge in Arles, (Point Kilometrique 2.470 on the “Arles to Bouc” Canal) is a reconstitution, the historic Pont de Langlois was in another location (Road D35 crossing, Point Kilometrique 0.520 on the “Arles to Bouc” Canal, destroyed in 1930, rebuilt in cement, le pont de Réginel , itself bombed down by German troops in August 1944).

pont-reginel

Pont Réginel succeeded Pont de Langlois, Arles, 1932.

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