Vincent Van Gogh
(1853-1890) Unbeknownst to him, the Dutch painter became one of the main exponents of post-Impressionism. Essentially self-taught, during the course of his career he produced about 900 works, showing an almost compulsive approach to creation. Nevertheless, the quality of his work was not recognised until after his death, since when he has become one of the great masters of art history. His most private opinions and thoughts are contained in his sketchbooks and the letters he sent to his younger brother Theo, who was a central figure in Vincent’s life.
La mirada de Vincent
ARTIKA, in conjunction with the Van Gogh Museum, pays homage to the great postimpressionist painter, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his death, with an exclusive work that reveals the most private side of the artistic genius – his drawings.
A unique edition that enables us to appreciate the Dutch painter’s style, expression and individual lines and strokes, it reproduces the complete collection of his sketchbooks that are conserved at the Van Gogh Museum, which has given its full endorsement to this limited, numbered work of 2,998 copies.
The complete collection of the sketchbooks is made up of four artist’s notebooks, which include drafts made by the artist during his life as a painter, and another three, from an earlier stage, which have a mainly didactic purpose.
In addition, the work includes 17 plates from loose pages taken from sketchbooks that did not survive intact, in which the main focus is the colours the artist used for his scenes and landscapes of Paris and Amberes.
The sketchbooks and the plates are presented in a case that has been specially created for this edition, and which features on its front cover a reproduction of a detail from his famous painting Sunflowers. La mirada de Vincent also includes a Study Book, in which leading specialists offer studies and analyses of the artist’s life and work which shed valuable light on one of the best-known and most-admired painters in the history of modern art.
All the different elements in the work can be shown off in a display unit, which offers the user an infinite range of possibilities for displaying and enjoying the sketchbooks, the plates and the Study Book.
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A unique, numbered and limited masterpiece that takes us into Van Gogh’s private world, where we can discover his thoughts, his dreams and his secrets. It represents a chance to see the work of the famous painter through his own eyes, just as the artist experienced and felt it himself.
In conjunction with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, Artika presents a selection of intimate letters that the Dutch painter sent to his brother Theo, and which included drawings, sketches of works, artistic explanations and personal experiences.
Vincent Van Gogh is our guide, as he explains his own work in this limited edition of 2,998 copies.
A large-format book, bound with aluminium front and back covers and steel rings, contains reproductions of 50 drawings taken from the artist’s letters to his brother.
The book is presented in a glass and aluminium case that allows you to display any of the book’s prints, thereby making it an innovative book-painting.
The book comes with a Study Book which contains facsimile reproductions of the 35 complete letters, printed according to their original form and presented in vellum envelopes, from which they can be removed and examined. Each letter has been translated and analysed by leading experts on the subject of Van Gogh.