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This thread is a copy, the original may be found here.

Welcome to our new Acrylics project, MAPS.

With this project, we aim ~

~To interpret the whole, or part, of a painting by one of the ‘Masters’ and to learn something of the life and times of the chosen painter.

~To increase our technical knowledge of the possibilities (and difficulties) of acrylic paints and learn how to achieve a particular effect from the chosen painting, but interpreted through acrylics

~To share knowledge gained with other members in the forum.

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Each project will run for two months, based on a ‘Master’ being chosen by the host, who will also provide a biography, links to background information and usable (downloadable) images of his/her paintings.
The links usually will have a zoom facility which will allow viewing in higher resolution and allow the participant to focus on an area or the whole painting.

How you interpret the work is up to you but it’s expected that this thread will provide an on-going discussion to offer mutual help and support and to share ideas and knowledge gained.

Upload your studies or works at any time for show and discussion.

Most importantly, have fun!


Gogh, Vincent (Willem) van
(b. March 30, 1853, Zundert, Neth.--d. July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris), generally considered the greatest Dutch painter and draughtsman after Rembrandt. With Cézanne and Gauguin the greatest of Post-Impressionist artists. He powerfully influenced the current of Expressionism in modern art. His work, all of it produced during a period of only 10 years, hauntingly conveys through its striking colour, coarse brushwork, and contoured forms the anguish of a mental illness that eventually resulted in suicide. Among his masterpieces are numerous self-portraits and the well-known The Starry Night (1889).

His uncle was a partner in the international firm of picture dealers Goupil and Co. and in 1869 van Gogh went to work in the branch at The Hague. In 1873 he was sent to the London branch and fell unsuccessfully in love with the daughter of the landlady. This was the first of several disastrous attempts to find happiness with a woman, and his unrequited passion affected him so badly that he was dismissed from his job. He returned to England in 1876 as an unpaid assistant at a school, and his experience of urban squalor awakened a religious zeal and a longing to serve his fellow men. His father was a Protestant pastor, and van Gogh first trained for the ministry, but he abandoned his studies in 1878 and went to work as a lay preacher among the impoverished miners of the grim Borinage district in Belgium. In his zeal he gave away his own worldly goods to the poor and was dismissed for his literal interpretation of Christ's teaching. He remained in the Borinage, suffering acute poverty and a spiritual crisis, until 1880, when he found that art was his vocation and the means by which he could bring consolation to humanity. From this time he worked at his new `mission' with single-minded frenzy, and although he often suffered from extreme poverty and undernourishment, his output in the ten remaining years of his life was prodigious: about 800 paintings and a similar number of drawings.

From 1881 to 1885 van Gogh lived in the Netherlands, sometimes in lodgings, supported by his devoted brother Theo, who regularly sent him money from his own small salary. In keeping with his humanitarian outlook he painted peasants and workers, the most famous picture from this period being The Potato Eaters (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; 1885). Of this he wrote to Theo: `I have tried to emphasize that those people, eating their potatoes in the lamp-light have dug the earth with those very hands they put in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labour, and how they have honestly earned their food'. In 1885 van Gogh moved to Antwerp on the advice of Antoine Mauve (a cousin by marriage), and studied for some months at the Academy there. Academic instruction had little to offer such an individualist, however, and in February 1886 he moved to Paris, where he met Pissarro, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, and Toulouse-Lautrec. At this time his painting underwent a violent metamorphosis under the combined influence of Impressionism and Japanese woodcuts, losing its moralistic flavour of social realism. Van Gogh became obsessed by the symbolic and expressive values of colors and began to use them for this purpose rather than, as did the Impressionists, for the reproduction of visual appearances, atmosphere, and light. `Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I have before my eyes,' he wrote, `I use color more arbitrarily so as to express myself more forcibly'.

In February 1888 van Gogh settled at Arles, where he painted more than 200 canvases in 15 months. During this time he sold no pictures, was in poverty, and suffered recurrent nervous crisis with hallucinations and depression. He became enthusiastic for the idea of founding an artists' co-operative at Arles and towards the end of the year he was joined by Gauguin. But as a result of a quarrel between them van Gogh suffered the crisis in which occured the famous incident when he cut off his left ear (or part of it), an event commemorated in his Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (Courtauld Institute, London).

In May 1889 he went at his own request into an asylum at St Rémy, near Arles, but continued during the year he spent there a frenzied production of tumultuous pictures such as Starry Night (MOMA, New York). He did 150 paintings besides drawings in the course of this year. In 1889 Theo married and in May 1890 van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise to be near him, lodging with the patron and connoisseur Dr Paul Gachet. There followed another tremendous burst of strenuous activity and during the last 70 days of his life he painted 70 canvases. But his spiritual anguish and depression became more acute and on 29 July 1890 he died from the results of a self-inflicted bullet wound.

He sold only one painting during his lifetime (Red Vineyard at Arles; Pushkin Museum, Moscow), and was little known to the art world at the time of his death, but his fame grew rapidly thereafter. His influence on Expressionism, Fauvism and early abstraction was enormous, and it can be seen in many other aspects of 20th-century art. His stormy and dramatic life and his unswerving devotion to his ideals have made him one of the great cultural heroes of modern times, providing the most auspicious material for the 20th-century vogue in romanticized psychological biography.

Peasant Man



The Old Mill


The Starry Night


Link for higher resolution paintings and further works by Van Gogh on Web Museum: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/gogh/




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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

I've always liked VG, so I may get to join in this time Janet!
Thanks for all the work, yet again
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

Great master to study! I'm sorry I wasn't able to join in last time but I do hope to join this one. Thanks Janet.
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

Oh, yay! I've done a few studies of VG last year. Lemme see if I can find them.
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YaY! I am definitely IN, Janet! I will enjoy looking over all the VGs to pick which painting will be my victim for this challenge!

Thank you for all the work you do putting these together!

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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

VG. O love his stuff. What a challenge! I definitely want to participate.
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

Here are a few VG studies that I completed last year:

Vase with sunflowers
His version - yellow bg
http://www.vggallery.com/painting/p_0454.htm
My version, 9x12" acrylic


His version - blue bg
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth...sunflowers.jpg
http://www.vggallery.com/painting/p_0455.htm
My version, 18x24" acrylic



Self-portrait with bandaged ear:
his version:
http://www.vggallery.com/painting/p_0529.htm
My version, 9x12" acrylic:




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Van Gogh !!! My beloved one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read all his letters, and

how often have I been to Amsterdam to visit his paintings

I will join in and hope I will not be too respectful to copy him
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

Found another one.

Wheatfield with the rising sun.

His version: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth...rising-sun.jpg

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Oh, this sounds like fun. I would definitely try them too. So we are allowed to copy his work?
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Hi Maureen, I'm glad you like Van Gogh. I hope you find the time to join. You're welcome!

Hi Lulu, I understand not having time to join every one... hope you find the time to join as well. You're welcome!

Hi EP, Great Van Gogh studies! Thank you for sharing them. Are you going to try another one?

Hi freisin, lucky you for having the opportunity to see his paintings in person. Looking forward to seeing which Van Gogh you choose.
Hi Elizabeth, So glad that you're in. You're welcome. Seeing the enthusiasm and fun people are having are making the work to put it together well worth it. Plus it really isn't that much work.

Hi TheEclecticArtiste, looking forward to seeing your Van Gogh.

Hi Sandra, I'm glad you'll be joining us this month. We certainly are allowed to copy his work. As long as an artist has been dead for more the 70 years their work becomes public domain with no copyright issues.

Just a side note working on a Van Gogh is soo much fun. I've done one in acrylics. I'm not quite sure how to describe it... maybe liberating.

Ok one rule if you find yourself getting into Van Gogh so much that you get the urge to cut off your ear... step away from the canvas. You're taking it waaay too seriously.
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Well, I have to admit...contrary to everyone else, he is not one of my fav's. His work is interesting, and his use of color intriguing, but not my style. So this will definitely take me way, way outside of my box/comfort zone... !

Never one to back all the way away from a challenge...it will be challenging to find one that I like well enough to copy. One fun part will be his use of color...that I do like! No need to tone down with his work!

Janet...I think I would be more tempted to follow Gauguin to Tahiti...rather than lose an ear...
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Re: MAPS - Masters’ Acrylic Painting Studies (Van Gogh) June/July, 2008

Janet, it is interesting that you would pick Vincente as a MAPS artist. He is one of the few 19th century painters whose oils have the appearance of acrylics, meaning that he rarely blended his colors on the canvas, and that it appears that he just squeezed raw color directly from the tube to the canvas.

Van Gogh should be a snap for people to copy, particularly his later landscapes. I mean who can go wrong slashing away at the canvas with a #2 brush loaded with raw umber?

People? Try Fisherman on the Beach or Fisherman's Wife on the Beach! I'll try a self-portrait. At least, there's a challenge there.

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Finally! Wonderful choice, I love him!
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Janet, I am sooooo excited.
I will be doing this version of "Irises".



Irises
1889; Oil on canvas, (28 x 36 3/4 in);

I saw the actual painting today at the Getty Center, and even had my picture taken in front of it. I'll post it when I get home next week.

I will add, I was quite surprised and delighted at his use of paint to "sculpt" nature.
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