450. Van Gogh

I made a rough pen sketch first of this great painting in my Moleskin, not minding the architectural correctness very much as the original painting is very warped, playful giving it charm.

Last night after the sketch I traced the essential lines on a bigger piece of watercolor paper, and this morning I used a dip pen to trace the lines. I should have started with the dip pen for a minimal approach to radiate more freedom in the lines, but I did not felt confident.

Still trying to learn to start light with watercolors, but I definitely see improvement in the richness of the end result.

I read up about Vincent, and I was not aware of his heavy past right around the time he painted this.

Vincent moved to Auvers-sur-Oise on 20 May 1890. He had been discharged from the asylum in Saint-Rémy a few days earlier and had made plans to come and live closer to his brother, in or near Paris. In Auvers, Vincent would be able to see Theo often and live on his own under a doctor’s supervision. He rented a room in Auberge Ravoux and regularly went to see Dr Paul Gachet, who became a friend. Vincent was highly productive in Auvers; he often went out into the countryside to work in the open air and painted numerous impressive landscapes. He was in good spirits, and another mental breakdown did not appear to be on the horizon. Yet Vincent decided to end his life in Auvers. On 27 July 1890, he shot himself in the chest in a field. He stumbled back to his inn, where he was cared for by the village doctor and Dr Gachet. Theo rushed to Auvers from Paris, but there was nothing he could do. Vincent died two days later from his injuries with Theo by his side. He was buried in the cemetery at Auvers on 30 July.

From the site: http://www.vangoghroute.com/france/auvers-sur-oise/

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