19 November, 2022

Van Gogh Sketch

For Caturday, I'm not using my own artwork, but a sketch of Vincent van Gogh's "Daubigny's Garden", that the artist included in a letter to his brother, Theo.

This relates to our Thursday post: Van Gogh in America
Click on the image above to enjoy a jigsaw puzzle.
Note the cat is there!
This is an image of the Van Gogh letter.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art history. 

The son of a minister, van Gogh suffered his entire life with mental health issues.

He began work at age 16, when his uncle got him a job as a trainee with an art dealership in The Hague.  

Vincent also was employed at the firm’s London and Paris offices before he was fired in 1876. 

Afterward, he was briefly a schoolteacher in England, then worked at a bookstore back in the Netherlands. 

In 1878, he went to the Borinage, a mining district in Belgium, and worked among the poor as a lay preacher; he gave away his belongings and slept on floors, but after less than a year on the job the religious organization sponsoring van Gogh decided he wasn’t cut out to be a pastor and dismissed him. 

His next career choice, artist, would of course make him internationally famous, although not until after his death.
In a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life.

Born: March 30, 1853, Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Periods: Realism, Post-Impressionism, Modern art, Impressionism, Japonisme, Cloisonnism, Pointillism, Neo-Impressionism
This is the only other image of a cat in van Gogh's entire catalog of images. 

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  1. Impressive, but how sad that so many artists are never truly appreciated until long after they are gone.

  2. Wow, that is so cool! Thank you for the art education. Of course, I'm familiar with Van Gogh, but not these less famous works. Interesting, too, about the rarity of cats in his art.

  3. I like the sketch of the helping hand and the grateful cat...

  4. Gee! Getting letters from him must have been something to look forward to! Good thing that Theo saved them. Sad that Van Gogh died so young.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Purrs, Julie

  5. That's amazing art and a super cool artist!

  6. My mum really loves Van Gogh art. That cat drawing is cute!

  7. I had no idea he created that many paintings.

  8. He was my first inspiration and still is today. Seeing his "Van Gogh Up Close" exhibit in 2012 inspired me to work out his colors and brushwork in oil pastel and is a style I love to return to whenever I can.

  9. I enjoyed this and learned something about him. Always have been interested.

  10. I have always LOVED his drawings. I always wished I had the ability to let go and draw and paint as freely as he did. Thanks Barb

  11. Thank you for sharing this amazing story in detail. ~hugs~ Blessings, my dear.

  12. His paintings were fantastic, the song Vincent expurresses exactly his feelings deep down inside of him✨Double Pawkisses🐾😽💞


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