October 9, 2009

Online archive of van Gogh's letters launched in Amsterdam


The last page of a three-page letter Vincent van Gogh wrote to Paul Gauguin from Auvers-sur-Oise, on or about Tuesday, 17 June 1890

The van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam recently launched "Vincent van Gogh: The Letters," a fascinating website that includes images and text of all van Gogh's correspondence, annotated with paintings on sketches. His letters have always been considered highly literary, but for painters they hold special interest for his discourses on process and daily practice. I've often thought that van Gogh would undoubtedly be among the best bloggers if he were alive today. The archive, searchable by correspondent, location, and period, is also available as a 6 volume, 2164 page, edition with over 4300 images, but that seems far less convenient than the online version.



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