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Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South

This Website is a companion to the Art Institute of Chicago's current exhibition of work by Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. The focus of this show is the paintings produced during a time when the artists shared a studio in Arles, October-December 1888. During this period, the artists lived, ate, and worked together. They tested their individual theories of artmaking by painting a number of identical motifs. The Art Institute's Website reproduces many of these images and matches them with excerpts of letters written by Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh between 1887 and 1889. The painters' candid "remarks about their own canvases offer unique perspectives on the Arles period." This Website also contains many brief essays on themes and historic background, a chronology, and related maps (purportedly coming soon). Overall the site is a nice introduction into a tumultuous artistic friendship (At the end of December, Van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a knife causing Gauguin to flee. Yikes!) and a deeper look at the work of these Post-Impressionism giants. Note: Some users may have to adjust their screen resolution to read the tiny font.
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Date Issued 2001
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Date of Scout Publication 2001-11-23
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