Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings: Text, listing of his art, paintings, drawings.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, (1966). G PB. Exhibition catalog. Van Gogh made about 800 drawings and 800 paintings during his ten years between 27 and 37 years of age. when he died. The first two years he drew only, then he started to paint. Through painting he liberated his mind and strengthened his creative powers and this progress can be noted from period to period in the exhibition. Vincent's first paintings were very dark. The important ones were made at Nuenen, where they culminated in the large canvas "The Potato-eaters. In his Antwerp period they became somewhat lighter. He indicated his preference was portrait painting. Vincent's vision which radiates from h is works is that of a beautiful world, full of sunshine, warmth and color. It includes love of humanity, family life and close relationships with others. However weknow from his life history and his letters that he was a difficult person to get along with in every living. He had few friends besides Theo; thee were simple people only. With others who had no understanding of art he was apt to get into violent discussions. Painting must have been a defense against his inner turmoil. Top of spine split, back endpaper small spot where it adhered to inside back cover.
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