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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:52 AM
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Just how "self-taught" an artist was Vincent Van Gogh?
For some reason, I grew up believing that Van Gogh was a completely self-taught painter. But the Wikipedia article n Van Gogh mentions that he attended a formal art school at least twice in his life, and occasionally studied under other painters. So, unless I'm mistaken, it sounds like Van Gogh wasn't a self-taught artist, after all.


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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:57 AM
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1. I love his work...
I dunno beans about being self taught versus schooling. I just like his work.
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:11 PM
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2. thanks for posting that.
wonder how Van Gogh would feel about being posted in the DU Lounge? I bet he'd be thrilled to be here.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:14 PM
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3. I think he would LOVE it here....
and I would love having him here...myabe some of his genius would rub off on me :P
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:51 PM
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7. I dunno, he strikes me as more a GDP person.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:18 PM
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4. He IS my favorite artist.

I was fortunate to see his work at the Rijksmuseum in
Amsterdam many years ago.

The entire day was spent there, going from room to room,
filled with his paintings! It was heavenly.

;-)
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:52 PM
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8. I saw a few of his works in person at the Met in NYC, and I was amazed
with the vividness of the colors in the paintings. Photographs of his work just don't do it; you have to see Van Gogh's paintings up-close in-person. I forget exactly what specific works I saw -- I think they were flower studies from his last couple of years -- but the colors were blinding, unreal. His paintings were super-thick with paints, globbed on.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:24 PM
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5. I'm self taught
But I'm sure that I could have benefitted from advanced formal training
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:24 PM
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6. He wasn't self-taught
He developed his own style, but that's a different thing. He had formal art training.
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