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Commentary and Analysis


"Dear Theo,

You must not take it amiss if I write you again--it's only to tell you that painting is such a joy to me."

Vincent van Gogh
Letter 225
15 August 1882


For a long while now I've been aware that one of the biggest weaknesses of this website is its lack of analytical content. Part of the reason for this is that I felt was it important to build a valuable reference base in terms of the works themselves and the basic information about them (name, origin, current location, etc.). I'm pleased to say that I now display 100% of Van Gogh's works within the Gallery--a complete, online catalogue raisonné. Given that I've finally achieved this milestone, it's now time to begin adding more substantial and valuable information.

I'm thinking of these as "InSites" and my goal is to begin creating these pages for the most important of Van Gogh's works (including the drawings, of course). These pages include:

As anyone can tell you, writing can be a painful process--to say nothing of the extensive research required for each of these works. Sometimes the material for just one of these pages will involve input from several books and articles. It's a slow and somewhat arduous process putting these pages together, but in the end I feel that it adds a new and valuable dimension to this Gallery.

Please be aware that this list below is pitifully small at this point and will probably grow more slowly than any other section on this website (because of the time and effort involved in the creation of each page). Still, bear with me--I'll make it a priority to add more and more of these pages in the weeks and months to come.

As always, thanks very much for your patience.

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Blossoming Almond Tree Saint-Rémy: February, 1890 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 671 1891

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Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night, The Arles: September, 1888 Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum 467 1580

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First Steps Saint-Rémy: January-February, 1890 New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art 668 1883

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Irises Saint-Rémy: May, 1889 Los Angeles, Getty Center 608 1691

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Landscape with Couple Walking and Crescent Moon Saint-Rémy: May, 1890 Sao Paulo, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo 704 1981

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Landscape with the Chateau of Auvers at Sunset Auvers-sur-Oise: June, 1890 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 770 2040

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Mr. and Mrs. Trabuc: Combined "InSites" page of Portrait of Trabuc, an Attendant at Saint-Paul Hospital and Portrait of Madame Trabuc Saint-Rémy: September, 1889 Kunstmuseum, Solothurn

St. Petersburg, Hermitage

629

631

1774

1777

Click here to go to the 'Mr. and Mrs. Trabuc' combined InSites page. Click here to go to the 'Mr. and Mrs. Trabuc' combined InSites page.
Night Café in the Place Lamartine in Arles, The Arles: 5-8 September 1888 New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery 463 1575

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Old Man and Woman The Hague: November-December, 1882 Private collection None None

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Orphan Man with Top Hat The Hague: Late December, 1882 Worcester, Mass., Worcester Art Museum 954 287

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Portrait of Doctor Gachet Auvers-sur-Oise: June, 1890 Private collection 753 2007

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Portrait of Milliet, Second Lieutenant of the Zouaves Arles: Late September, 1888 Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum 473 1588

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Portrait of Patience Escalier, Shepherd in Provence Arles: August, 1888 Pasadena, Norton Simon Museum of Art 443 1548

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Potato Eaters, The Nuenen: April, 1885 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 82 764

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Prisoners Exercising (after Doré) Saint-Rémy: 10-11 February, 1890 Moscow, Pushkin Museum 669 1885

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Self-Portrait Paris: Spring, 1887 Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago 345 1249

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Skull with Burning Cigarette Antwerp: Winter, 1885/86 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 212 999

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Starry Night Saint-Rémy: June, 1889 New York, Museum of Modern Art 612 1731

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Starry Night over the Rhone Arles: September, 1888 Paris, Musée d'Orsay 474 1592

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Still Life with Bible Nuenen: October, 1885 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 117 946

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Still Life: Vase with Five Sunflowers Arles: August, 1888 Destroyed by fire 459 1560

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Still Life: Vase with Irises Against a Yellow Background Saint-Rémy: May, 1890 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 678 1977

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Thatched Cottages at Cordeville Auvers-sur-Oise: June, 1890 Paris, Musée d'Orsay 792 1987

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Tree Roots in a Sandy Ground ("Les Racines") The Hague: April-May, 1882 Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum 933r 142

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Two Chairs: Combined "InSites" page of Vincent's Chair and Pipe and Paul Gauguin's Armchair Arles: December, 1888 London, National Gallery

Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

498

499

1635

1636

Click here to go to the 'Two Chairs' combined InSites page. Click here to go to the 'Two Chairs' combined InSites page.
Vincent's Bedroom in Arles Arles: October, 1888 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 482 1608

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Wheat Field with Crows Auvers-sur-Oise: July, 1890 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 779 2117

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Woman Sewing, with a Girl The Hague: March, 1883 Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum 1072 341

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