Van Gogh Studies

The scholarly series Van Gogh Studies provides a platform for research into late 19th-century and early 20th-century western European art.

Van Gogh : New Findings

Van Gogh Studies4

Guest editor: Louis van Tilborgh
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Stolwijk
208 pagina's, 108 illustrations
hardcover, € 45
Wbooks, Zwolle/Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 2012
ISBN 978 90 400 0714 9
Part 4 of the Van Gogh Studies series

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This fourth volume of Van Gogh Studies demonstrates that there are still discoveries to be made about Van Gogh and his art.

A formerly unknown Van Gogh letter is revealed, as well as surprising news about the apartment that he and Theo van Gogh shared in Paris. A flower still life in the Kröller-Müller Museum, of which the authenticity was doubted, has been subjected to new, rigorous investigation that confirms the attribution and even unveils a second, long ‘lost’ Van Gogh painting underneath. By contrast, it seems that the works of art in the collection of Adrianus Marijnissen, which were ascribed to Van Gogh, can now be traced  back to the amateur artist Willemina Vincent. In a new interpretation of Van Gogh’s Tree roots (1890) it is argued that it must be one of his last works, if not the very last one. Finally a contemplative essay about Van Gogh as a thinker and writer sets out the artist’s credentials for a position within nineteenth-century Dutch literature.

Alongside the ‘New Findings’ in the Van Gogh research, articles about Paul Gauguin’s Breton girl spinning (1889), the contrasting world-views within French Realism, Alfred Roll’s La grève de mineurs (1880), and an essay on the American artist Eanger Irving Couse, whose photographs and paintings document the lives of Native Americans, place the Van Gogh findings in a broad nineteenth-century context.

Louis van Tilborgh, Senior Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, is Guest editor of this thought-provoking issue of Van Gogh Studies.

Studies3Visions: Gauguin and his Time

Dario Gamboni, Juliet Simpson et al.
Editor-in-Chief: Chris Stolwijk
208 pages, 88 illustrations,
hardcover, € 45
Waanders Publishers, Zwolle/Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 2010
ISBN 978 90 400 7659 6
Part 3 of the Van Gogh Studies series

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Paul Gauguin’s Vision of the Sermon (1888), one of the iconic works of the late nineteenth century, continues to provoke profound reassessment and interpretation by art historians, and it is central to this third volume of Van Gogh Studies.

Dario Gamboni discusses the painting as a self-reflexive work dealing in visual terms with issues of perception, cognition and representation; Juliet Simpson addresses the art critis Aurier’s contribution to the promotion of Gauguin as the exemplary symbolist artist; while Rodolphe Rapetti examines Emile Bernard’s artistic response to Vision of the Sermon in the context of Rosicrucianism; the Belgian art world’s critical reaction to this and other works by the artist is meticulously described and analysed in Elise Eckermann’s essay; while June Hargrove presents a challenging vision of Gauguin’s portraits of his ‘alter ego’ Meijer de Haan.

Other contributions include Sandra Kisters’s examination of the way the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen functioned as a role model for the Museé Rodin in Paris; Richard Thomson’s discussion of the diverse ways in which French artists working in the early Third Republic responded to contemporary concepts of ‘la psychologie nouvelle’; and, finally, a fresh view of nineteenth-century illustrations, including caricatures, offered by Patricia Mainardi.


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Van Gogh: A Literary Mind

Wouter van der Veen
256 pages, 30 illustrations
hardcover, € 45
Van Gogh Museum/Waanders Publishers 2009
ISBN  9789040085628
Part 2 of the Van Gogh Studies series

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Vincent van Gogh was a voracious reader. In his letters he mentions more than 150 authors and at least 200 works from the Bible to religious poetry and from Charles Dickens to Emile Zola.
This second volume of Van Gogh Studies, Van Gogh: A Literary Mind examines Van Gogh’s literary journey as it emerges through the 1100 references found in his correspondence. It is an exploration of the literary universe of a passionate reader, in constant search of texts that could be applied to his own reality.

Having worked on the Van Gogh Letters Project, Wouter van der Veen has made a close study of the most important texts referred to in Van Gogh’s correspondence, and has come to the surprising conclusion that Van Gogh was seldom influenced, in the sense that many art historians have argued, by what he read but rather regarded literature as a mirror that reflected and confirmed his own views.


Van Gogh StudiesCurrent Issues in 19th Century Art

208 pages, hardcover € 45
ISBN 978 90 400 8350 1
Part 1 of the Van Gogh Studies series
Waanders Publishers/Van Gogh Museum

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The first issue of Van Gogh Studies reveals the breadth of contemporary research in late 19th-century art. Robert L. Herbert presents a study into the research on Henry Nocq, a friend of Toulouse-Lautrec, about the relationship between fine and the applied arts in the 1890s. Joan E. Greer sheds detailed light on the publication of Van Gogh’s letters in the Belgian modernist periodical Van Nu & Straks in 1893.

Robert Jensen and David Galenson’s contribution focuses on the 19th-century French art market. Louis van Tilborgh researches and dates Van Gogh’s stay in the studio of Fernand Cormon and Elise Eeckermann, June Hargrove and Catherine Boyle-Turner provide remarkable studies into aspects of Gauguin’s work and life.

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