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Before exploring the graphics of the many beautiful works of Vincent van Gogh, the visitor should be cautioned about the colour and quality of the graphics. There are hundreds of reference books available on the works of Van Gogh, most with good graphic reproductions of the paintings. It should be noted, however, that one Starry Night might look drastically different from one book to the next (see an example of what I mean in the table below). Ultimately, there can be only true point of reference: the actual work itself (which, for most, isn't usually a convenient option).

When I visited the wonderful staff at the Van Gogh Museum I was told that it took their photographer weeks to properly capture one of Vincent's sunflower paintings. The colours can be extremely elusive to reproductions and the visitor should be cautioned against making involved interpretations on the works based on photographs--whether in a book, postcard or in this website.

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Crab on Its Back

Oil on canvas
38.0 x 46.5 cm.
Arles: January, 1889
F 605, JH 1663

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