Wednesday, May 31, 2017

van Gogh's New Studio Bedroom, oil painting inspired by Vincent van Gogh by k Madison Moore

van Gogh's New Studio Bedroom
Inspired by Vincent  van Gogh

In Love with van Gogh Project
Masters Studio Series

16 x 20 x 2 van Gogh Oil Painting on Canvas


A copy of this research and photos will be included with the
purchase of this painting along with a Certificate of Appraisal.

It has been some time since I have been able to complete my 
"In Love with van Gogh Project" The past six months I have had one
thing or the other with my health which caused very low energy and
motivation. Now I am back and painting like crazy and ready to start
adding new work to to all of my series including this one.

This will be the fourth composition my 'In Love with van Gogh Project."
My intentions are to paint 12 paintings depicting different stages of 
Vincent's life using his work for my inspiration and of course my imagination.

In this painting I have restyled his famous Bedroom Painting. He actually
 painted it three times as described below. I have also included a copy of Vincent's
original letter to his brother Theo about his bedroom painting. Theo managed and
supported Vincent's career and later had a gallery representing his work.

Theodorus "Theo" van Gogh1 May 1857 – 25 January 1891) was a Dutch art dealer. He was the younger brother of Vincent van Gogh, and Theo's unfailing financial and emotional support allowed his brother to devote himself entirely to painting.Theo died at the age of 33, six months after his brother died at the age of 37.
Theo is widely known for his influence on his brother; however, this often overshadows the significant impact that Theo made on the art world as a renowned art dealer: Theo played a crucial role in the introduction of contemporary Dutch and French art to the public.

The Red Vineyard at Arles is the only painting sold during van Gogh's lifetime the name of which we actually know, and that was "officially" recorded and acknowledged by the art world, and hence the lore persists.
Of course, bearing in mind that van Gogh didn't start painting until he was twenty-seven years old, and died when he was thirty-seven, it would not be unremarkable that he did not sell many. Furthermore, the paintings that were to become famous were the ones produced after he went to Arles, France in 1888, only two years before he died. What is remarkable is that just a few decades after his death his art would become well-known worldwide and that he would eventually become one of the most famous artists ever.

I my composition I have recreated his bedroom which he also used as a studio 
in the Yellow House. In May 1, 1888, Van Gogh rented four rooms. He occupied two large
 ones on the ground floor to serve as an atelier (studio) and kitchen, and on the 
first floor, two smaller ones facing Place Lamartine. The window on the first floor near 
the corner with both shutters open is that of Van Gogh's guest room, where
Paul Gauguin lived for nine weeks from late October 1888. 
Behind the next window, with one shutter closed, is 
Van Gogh's bedroom. The two small rooms at the rear were 
rented by Van Gogh at a later time.

I exchanged the door on the left for a huge sunflower from one of 
Vincent's paintings to adorn the entire wall.
I added many of Vincent's Sunflower compositions along with his "Fishing
Boats on the Beach  at Les Saintes painting and one of his several Poppies

His hat and pipe sit on the table near his easel where he kicked off his 
 shoes placed his palette on his chair. I decided to use a portion of Vincent's 
 Les Alpiles, Mountain Landscape as my window scene as it is such
a serene painting of his. Giving him a huge window with lots of light and
a wonderful view of the mountains and lake while he paints.
I loved adding his favorite lavender to the walls. 
(The lavender in my painting is more prevalent in person)

van Gogh's New Studio Bedroom

The Yellow House by Vincent van Gogh

The Bedroom by Vincent van Gogh

Les Alpilles, Mountain Landscape 
by Vincent van Gogh

Bedroom in Arles (French: La Chambre à Arles; Dutch: Slaapkamer te Arles) is the title given to each of three similar paintings by 19th-century Dutch Post-Impressionist painting Vincent van Gogh.
Van Gogh's own title for this composition was simply The Bedroom (French: La Chambre à coucher). There are three authentic versions described in his letters, easily discernible from one another by the pictures on the wall to the right.
The painting depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du Rhone, France known as his Yellow House. The door to the right opened on to the upper floor and the staircase; the door to the left was that of the guest room he held prepared for Gauguin: the window in the front wall looked on to Place Lamartine and its public gardens. This room was not rectangular but trapezoid with an obtuse angle in the left hand corner of the front wall and an acute angle at the right.  Van Gogh evidently did not spend much time on this problem, he simply indicated that there was a corner, somehow.

Vincent's Original Letter to Theo bout his bedroom

First version
Van Gogh started the first version during mid October 1888 while staying in Arles, and explained his aims and means to his brother Theo:
"This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but colour must be abundant in this part, its simplification adding a rank of grandee to the style applied to the objects, getting to suggest a certain rest or dream. Well, I have thought that on watching the composition we stop thinking and imagining. I have painted the walls pale violet. The ground with checked material. The wooden bed and the chairs, yellow like fresh butter; the sheet and the pillows, lemon light green. The bedspread, scarlet coloured. The window, green. The washbasin, orangey; the tank, blue. The doors, lilac. And, that is all. There is not anything else in this room with closed shutters. The square pieces of furniture must express unswerving rest; also the portraits on the wall, the mirror, the bottle, and some costumes. The white colour has not been applied to the picture, so its frame will be white, aimed to get me even with the compulsory rest recommended for me. I have depicted no type of shade or shadow; I have only applied simple plain colours, like those in crêpes.
Van Gogh included sketches of the composition in this letter as well as in a letter to Gauguin, written slightly later. In the letter, Van Gogh explained that the painting had come out of a sickness that left him bedridden for days. 

Second version In April 1889, Van Gogh sent the initial version to his brother regretting that it had been damaged by the flood of the Rhône while he was interned at the  Old Hospital in AiresTheo proposed to have it relined and sent back to him in order to copy it. This "repetition" in original scale (Van Gogh's term was "répetition") was executed in September 1889. Both paintings were then sent back to 

Third version When Van Gogh finally, in summer 1889, decided to redo some of his "best" compositions in smaller size (the term he used was réductions) for his mother and sister Wil, The Bedroom was amongst the subjects he chose. These réductions, finished late in September 1889, are not exact copies.

Provenance The first version never left the artist's estate. Since 1962, it is in the possession of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, established by Vincent Willem van Gogh, the artist's nephew, and on permanent loan to the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
  • The second version has, since 1926, been the possession of theArt Institute of Chicago as part of the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. 
  • The third version, formerly in the possession of Van Gogh's sister Wil and later acquired by Prince Matsukata, entered the French national collections in 1959, following the French-Japanese peace settlement, and is on permanent display in the Mussee d'Orsay, Paris.  
  • All three versions of the Bedroom were brought together for the very first time in North America, at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tarkay Visit's van Gogh Fine Art Prints and Art Cards by k Madison Moore

Tarkay Visits van Gogh
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh and Tarkay together in this fine art print

of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. How pretty!

Fine art prints make great gifts for any occasion

• Art Print is printed on 13" x 19" High quality heavyweight Epson Paper

• Genuine Archival Inks.
• Signed and Titled with Gold ink 
• Art Print Ships mounted flat on 16x20 white board
• International orders ship rolled in a tube via USPS

Commission Projects Welcome 
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Modi My Love, Original Oil Painting Inspired by Amedeo Modigliani by k Madison Moore

Modi My Love
Inspired by Modigliani

Arriving like a comet, he danced on tables, drunk with passion for 
life and art and his ending was the tragedy of a true genius like
 van Gogh and Mozart… He was Modigliani!

Painting with The Masters
14 x 18 Modigliani Oil Painting on Canvas

Amedeo Clemente ModiglianiJuly 1884 – Paris, 24 January 1920) was an Italian Jewish Painter  and  Sculptor who worked mainly in France. He is known for portraits and nudes in a modern  style characterized by elongation of faces and figures, that were not received well during his lifetime, but later found acceptance. Modigliani spent his youth in Italy, where he studied the art of antiquity and the Renaissance until he moved to Paris in 1906. There he came into contact with prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso.


One of many paintings of Jeanne by Modi

Jeanne Hébuterne

She was born in Meaux, Seine-et-Marne to a Roman Catholic family.A beautiful girl, she was introduced to the artistic community in Montparnasse by her brother  Andre Hebuterne  who wanted to become a painter. She met several of the then-starving artists and modelled for them.  However, wanting to pursue a career in the arts, and with a talent for drawing, she chose to study at the Academie Colarossi. It was there in the spring of 1917 that Jeanne Hébuterne was introduced to Amedeo Modigliani by the sculptor  Chana Orloff  (1888–1968) who came with many other artists to take advantage of the Academy's live models. Jeanne began an affair with the charismatic artist, and the two fell deeply in love. She soon moved in with him, despite strong objection from her parents.

Described  as gentle, shy, quiet, and delicate, Jeanne Hébuterne became a principal subject for Modigliani's art. In the fall of 1918, the couple moved to the warmer climate of Nice on the French Rivera  where Modigliani's agent hoped he might raise his profile by selling some of his works to the wealthy art connoisseurs who wintered there. While they were in Nice, their daughter was born on 29 November. The following spring, they returned to Paris and Jeanne became pregnant again. By this time, Modigliani was suffering from Tuberculous meningitis and his health, made worse by complications brought on by substance abuse, was deteriorating badly.

On 24 January 1920 Amedeo Modigliani died. Jeanne Hébuterne's family brought her to their home but Jeanne threw herself out of the fifth-floor apartment window two days after Modigliani's death, killing herself and her unborn child. Her family, who blamed her demise on Modigliani, interred her in the  Cimetiere de Bagneaux. Nearly ten years later, the Hébuterne family finally relented and allowed her remains to be transferred to Perl Lachaise Cemetery to rest beside Modigliani. Her epitaph reads: "Devoted companion to the extreme sacrifice."

Their orphaned daughter,  Jeanne Modigliani (1918–84), was adopted by her father's sister in Florence Italy She grew up knowing virtually nothing of her parents and as an adult began researching their lives.  In 1958, she wrote a biography of her father that was published in the English language in the United States as Modigliani: Man and Myth.  If you haven’t seen the movie Modigliani do yourself a favor and watch it. A truly wonderful love story.

A scene from the movie, Andy Garcia as Modigliani painting Jeanne

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sitting Around with Picasso Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

Sitting Around with Picasso
Inspired by Pablo Picasso

Painting with The Masters

This is somewhat of a pilot painting for a new series that 
I have been working on. The series will be called
"Take a Seat". I have no idea how this popped into my head but I 
 Have been having a lot fun creating it.
Curious? .... Stay tuned!

Sitting Around with Picasso is in addition to my previous Sitting 
with Picasso paintings that were so popular and the fine art prints 
 still are. I just laughed through this whole painting with 
making the chairs into people. 
Very Picasso! How fun is that!

A great size of 16 x 20 x 2 oil Painting on Canvas
Wired and ready to hang. No frame needed

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Love Letter to Frida - Frida Kahlo by k Madison Moore

Love Letter to Diego - Frida Kahlo

Forever Frida Series

16 x 20 x 2  Frida Kahlo oil painting on canvas

Wired and ready to hang, 2’ deep painted sides, 
no frame needed.
Certificate of Appraisal included

The intimate life of artist Frida Kahlo is wonderfully revealed in the illustrated journal she kept during her last 10 years. This passionate and at times surprising record contains the artist's thoughts, poems, and dreams and many reflecting her stormy relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera, along with 70 mesmerizing watercolor illustrations. What a treasure to have. I will cherish it.

After purchasing this book I was of course inspired to paint another of Frida Kahlo.
I love that the book includes her love letters to Diego. Some are loving 
and some are angry. They had such a stressed love affair.
However, in the end they really did love each other.

I thought it would be great to have her writing a “Love Letter to Diego” surrounded 
by the beautiful Sunflowers that he always loved to paint. A special butterfly 
keeps her company as she composes her thoughts to him.

The Book is beautiful
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

van Gogh Fine Art print and Art Greeting Card by k Madison Moore

Vincent was Here
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

Fine art Prints and Art Greeting Cards Available Here

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