Van Gogh's imaginary museum: exploring the artist's inner world

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Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Feb 18, 2003 - Art - 319 pages
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This lush volume accompanies an important exhibition opening in February 2003 at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vincent van Gogh. It brings together the paintings that inspired him--by such masters as Rembrandt and Rubens, Corot and Courbet, Monet and Gauguin--with dozens of his own works, creating an "imaginary museum" that reveals a fascinating dialogue between the artist and his art-historical predecessors. The book begins with lavishly illustrated essays by renowned Van Gogh specialists that focus on a range of subjects, from his aesthetic philosophy to his everyday working methods. Then follows the "imaginary museum" itself--170 reproductions of works by Van Gogh and those who influenced him, most accompanied by fascinating related excerpts from the artist's correspondence. Van Gogh is one of the most popular of artists. This book offers a new look at his work--from the artist's own point of view.

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The premier Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam marks the 150th anniversary of its namesake with this important exhibition and accompanying catalog. Museum curators pair Van Gogh's works with art he most ... Read full review


Sjraar van Heugten and Chris Stolwijk Introduction
Models Roelie Zwikker Van Goghs teachers
an Goghs artistic creed Joan Greer Christ this great artist Van Goghs socioreligious

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Chris Stolwijk. Sjraar van Heugten, and Leo Jansen are Head of Research, Head of Collections, and Researcher, respectively, at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Sjraar van Heugten, head of collections at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, has spent many years studying the art of Vincent van Gogh and is on of the world's foremost authorities on the artist.

Leo Jansen is Curator of Paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.