Van Gogh had an aversion to photography. He thought that photographs lacked life, and much preferred painted portraits. In his work, he was primarily concerned with portraying the character of the subject. This explains why there are so few photographs of him. No photos from Van Gogh
The intriguing phenomenon of photography became a point of comparison for artists, including Van Gogh. Although he started off considering photography as being rather ‘mechanical’.
In September 1888 Van Gogh, living in Arles, received from his sister Wilhelmina, a photograph of their mother. In a letter to Theo, Vincent wrote: “I am doing a portrait of Mother for myself. I cannot stand the colorless photograph and am trying to do one in a harmony or color, as I see it in my memory. ” (Letter 546
In letter 548 Vincent said: “I am working on a portrait of Mother, because the black-and-white photograph annoys me so. Ah, what portraits could be made from nature with photography and painting! I always hope that we are still to have a great revolution in portraiture” (Letter 548)
Inspired by his idea of photography, I choose subjects that he has written about, drawn or painted. No Photos from Van Gogh
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