(18)86

In 1886, which is one hundred and twenty-five years ago (10+2),  Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90) goes to Paris to stay with his brother Theo who introduces him to the work of Claude Monet and other Impressionists.  He studies how to bring more light and color into his own paintings of the city landscape around him, or studies of flowers.  If he doesn’t have a model, then he does self portraits.  He experiments with Pointillism, and studies Japanese prints. “Van Gogh regularly paints outdoors in Asnières, a village near Paris where the Impressionists often set up their easels. Later, he writes to his sister Wil: ‘And when I painted the landscape in Asnières this summer, I saw more colors there than ever before.’”

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