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Van Gogh and Gauguin The Search for Sacred Art

ISBN-10: 0374529329

ISBN-13: 9780374529321

Edition: 2004

Authors: Debora Silverman

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A leading scholar offers fresh insight into one of the key moments in modern art history During the fall of 1888, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived and worked together in Provence. There in a yellow house at Arles, they changed the course of modern art. The relationship between the two painters came at a critical point in each of their careers, and began as a plan for a new community of artist-brothers, who would flourish in a harmonious condition of mutual support. While the two painters never achieved the goal of brotherly harmony, they nonetheless found their creativity spurred by association. Until now, the Arles period has been interpreted in the light of the temperamental differences between the artists, culminating in the famous incident in which Van Gogh cut off part of his left ear lobe to spite Gauguin. In the shadow of the drama, their larger intellectual and theoretical debates at Arles have been neglected. Debora Silverman demonstrates here for the first time the great significance of their religious backgrounds and conflicts, with important new research on Van Gogh and Gauguin's respective Protestant and Catholic origins and formations, and fresh readings of the major pictures of the period. Both artists emerge in startling new ways, as the paintings they produced at Arles are reevaluated in the light of their divergent attempts to create a new sacred art.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 9.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

Debora Silverman holds the Presidential Chair in Modern European History, Art, and Culture at UCLA. She is the author of Selling Culture and Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siecle France.

Illustrations
Introduction
Toward Collaboration
Self-Portraits
Peasant Subjects and Sacred Forms
Van Gogh's Sower
Gauguin's Vision After the Sermon
Catholic Idealism and Dutch Reformed Realism
A Seminary Education
"A Passion for Reality"
Collaboration in Arles
Economics
The Alyscamps Paintings
Grape Harvests
Remembered Gardens
Theologies of Art After Arles
Gauguin's Miseres
Van Gogh's Berceuse
Modernist Catechism and Sacred Realism
Gauguin's Last Testament
Van Gogh's Metier
Biographical Outline of the Two Artists
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index