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Zyklus und Serie - Van Goghs Ansichten des ummauerten Feldes in Saint-Rémy

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ISBN: 9783863953959 Year: DOI: 10.17875/gup2018-1120 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Arts in general
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A few weeks before van Gogh admitted himself into a mental hospital in Saint-Rémy in spring 1889 he had written to Gauguin that he wanted to create a “consolatory art for distressed hearts”. From his bedroom in the clinic he overlooked an enclosed wheat field. Over the course of a year the seasonal changes inspired Van Gogh to paint a cycle of this wheat field, thereby seeing it as an allegorical representation of the fate of human life, which comforted him.

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van Gogh --- cycle --- wheat field

La fabrique de l'art au Japon : Portrait sociologique d’un marché de l’art

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ISBN: 9782271130419 DOI: 10.4000/books.editionscnrs.26179 Language: French
Publisher: CNRS Éditions
Subject: Social Sciences
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License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Le jour anniversaire de la naissance de Van Gogh, le 30 mars 1987, une compagnie d’assurances japonaise achète ses Tournesols pour 24,7 millions de livres. L’argent japonais déferle sur l’art mondial. En trente ans à peine, collection, spéculation et krach vont faire du Japon un marché de l’art unique, primordial et atypique. Nul autre pays ne peut s’enorgueillir d’une telle variété de circuits artistiques, de réseaux de marchands. Nul autre n’a pu déployer autant d’expositions de premier plan dans les musées ou dans les grands magasins, en échafaudant de complexes et profitables partenariats avec des mécènes privés et les quotidiens nationaux. Dans cette enquête sociologique rigoureuse, l’auteur dresse un état des lieux de la vente des œuvres d’art, en examinant les positions et les interdépendances de l’ensemble des acteurs. Elle revient aussi sur les grandes étapes historiques constitutives de cet univers, dévoilant les rouages du « rattrapage culturel » qui a poussé à la création de nombreux musées, à l’investissement public et philanthropique, et à la modernisation du marché de l’art. Cléa Patin analyse en particulier la formation, puis l’explosion dévastatrice de la bulle spéculative des quinze dernières années du xxe siècle. Et nous livre ici une réflexion délicate et vivante sur la manière dont les Japonais appréhendent le risque économique et la culture.

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culture --- œuvre d'art --- musée --- sociologie --- économie --- artiste --- Van Gogh

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study

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Book Series: Cultural Dialectics ISSN: 19158378 ISBN: 9781927356746 9781927356753 9781927356760 Year: Pages: 254 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781927356746.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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When he died at the age of thirty-seven, Vincent van Gogh left a legacy of over two thousand artworks, for which he is now justly famous. But van Gogh was also a prodigious writer of letters - more than eight hundred of them, addressed to his parents, to friends such as Paul Gauguin, and, above all, to his brother Theo. His letters have long been admired for their exceptional literary quality, and art historians have sometimes drawn on the letters in their analysis of the paintings. And yet, to date, no one has undertaken a critical assessment of this remarkable body of writingÑnot as a footnote to the paintings but as a highly sophisticated literary achievement in its own right. Patrick Grant's long-awaited study provides such an assessment and, as such, redresses a significant omission in the field of van Gogh studies. As Grant demonstrates, quite apart from furnishing a highly revealing self-portrait of their author, the letters are compelling for their imaginative and expressive power, as well as for the perceptive commentary they offer on universal human themes. Through a subtle exploration of van Gogh's contrastive style of thinking and his fascination with the notion of imperfection, Grant illuminates gradual shifts in van Gogh's ideas on religion, ethics, and the meaning of art. He also analyzes the metaphorical significance of a number of key images in the letters, which prove to yield unexpected psychological and conceptual connections, and probes the relationships that surface when the letters are viewed as a cohesive literary product. The result is a wealth of new insights into van Gogh's inner landscape.

My Own Portrait in Writing: Self-Fashioning in the Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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Book Series: Cultural Dialectics ISSN: 19158378 ISBN: 9781771990455 9781771990592 9781771990608 9781771990585 Year: Pages: 220 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990455.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Art historians, biographers, and other researchers have long drawn on Van Gogh’s voluminous correspondence—more than eight hundred letters—for insights into both his personal struggles and his art. But the letters, while often admired for their literary quality, have rarely been approached as literature. In this volume, Patrick Grant sets out to explore the question, “By what criteria do we judge Van Gogh's letters to be, specifically, literary?” Drawing, especially, on Mikhail Bakhtin’s conceptualization of self-awareness as an ongoing dialogue between “self” and “other,” Grant examines the ways in which Van Gogh’s letters raise, from within themselves, questions and issues to which they also respond. Their literary quality, he argues, derives in part from this “double-voiced discourse”—from the power of the letters to thematize, through their own internal dialogues, the very structure of self-fashioning itself. Far from merely reproducing the narrative of the artist’s personal progress, “the letters enable readers to recognize how necessary yet open-ended, constrained yet liberating, confined yet unpredictable, are the means by which people seek to shape a place for themselves in the world.”This volume builds on Grant’s earlier analysis of Van Gogh’s correspondence, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study (AU Press, 2014), a study in which he approached the letters from a literary critical standpoint, delving into key patterns of metaphors and concepts. In the present volume, he provides instead a literary theoretical analysis of the letters, one that draws them more fully into the domain of modern literary studies. In his deft and keenly perceptive reading, Grant deconstructs the binaries that surface in both Van Gogh’s writing and painting, discusses the narrative dimensions of the letter-sketches and the recurring themes of fantasy, belief, and self-surrender, and draws attention to Van Gogh’s own understanding of the permeable boundary between words and visual art. Viewing the letters as an integrated body of discourse, “My Own Portrait in Writing” offers a theoretically informed interpretation of Van Gogh’s literary achievement that is, quite literally, without precedent.

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