Saturday, September 8, 2012

Solitude for van Gogh, Inspired by Vincent van Gogh by k Madison Moore

Solitude for van Gogh
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh


11 x 14 Interiors Oil Painting on Canvas

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

Sold - Thanks again Tom :)

I have painted Vincent's Bedroom many times. I get a kick out of redecorating it every time I do it.
In the original there were simple shutters on the window. Since Starry Starry Night is one of his most popular paintings I thought it was a great idea to use as the window scene.  The painting he did of his bedroom was one of his very favorite paintings. He wrote about it many times in letters to his family.  Click the link below to read some of those letters.

 He did not have sunflowers in his bedroom paintings so I thought I would use some that he painted in this composition as well as some of the elements on the table and of course a fun little portrait of him inspired by one of his self portraits.
He always looks so troubled. So talented but so far away. I wonder what thoughts he had in the solitude of this bedroom? Maybe you will find out by clicking the link below.
Enjoy "Solitude for van Gogh"

Vincent Willem van Gogh  30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.

Vincent's Bedroom in Arles is one of the artist's best known paintings. The striking colors, unusual perspective and familiar subject matter create a work that is not only among Van Gogh's most popular, but also one that he himself held as one of his own personal favorites.
The painting shown here is actually one five versions: three oil on canvas and two letter sketches. This specific painting, now in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, was the first of the three oils that Van Gogh produced and, some would argue, the best executed. Furthermore, because Van Gogh was so pleased with the painting he described it at great length in letters to his family. In fact, Vincent describes this painting in no less than thirteen letters and, as a result, a great deal is known about the artist's own feelings about the work.
In a letter to his brother, Theo, Vincent wrote: Click Here to Read More
Quotes by Vincent van Gogh
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Read More Here



padmaja said...

I loved the way you recreated his room with his signature elements in this lovely composition, spectacular job Madison!

k Madison Moore said...

Thanks so much. Your comments are always so beautiful. So nice of you. xo

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