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"Vincent van Gogh Drawings"
2001-09-28 until 2002-01-06
Van Gogh Museum
This autumn the Van Gogh Museum features an exhibition of drawings made in Antwerp and Paris by Vincent van Gogh. In addition to over 120 sheets from the museumís own collection the show includes several items on loan. Together, these provide a comprehensive survey of the artistís work in Antwerp (November 1885 Ė February 1886) and Paris (February 1886 Ė February 1888). The show marks the publication of the third volume of the collection catalogue of Van Gogh drawings held at the museum.
Van Goghís depictions of city life in Antwerp and Paris range from quick sketches jotted down in the street to detailed sheets of coloured chalk or watercolour completed at home. Most of his Parisian views are of his immediate surroundings, including the mills of Montmartre, views from his window, the Boulevard de Clichy and the Paris ramparts.
In Antwerp Van Gogh took drawing lessons at the Koninklijke Academie (Royal Academy) while in Paris he worked at Fernand Cormonís studio. Both adhered to the academic method which involved practising by drawing from life and from plaster casts of classical sculptures. Research on this copious body of drawings, on the materials, types of paper and style of drawing, has enabled a distinction to be made between drawings that originated in Antwerp and those from Paris. The sheets Van Gogh drew at Cormonís studio are contrasted in the exhibition with drawings by a fellow student of the same period, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.