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Raoul Dufy

From 17 February to 17 May 2014

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Autor:
Raoul Dufy
Título:
Open Window, Nice, 1928
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
65,1 x 53,7 cm

Ubicacion:
The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection
© Raoul Dufy / VEGAP / Madrid, 2015

Paul Delvaux: A Walk with Love and Death

From 24 February to 07 June 2015

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Autor:
Paul Delvaux
Título:
The Table, 1946
Técnica:
Oil on canvas
Medidas:
86 x 76 cm

Ubicacion:
Private Collection on deposit at Musée d´lxelles, Brusssels
© Foundation Paul Delvaux, Koksijde, Belgium / VEGAP – SABAM – 2015

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Autor:
Vincent van Gogh
Título:
The Potato Eaters
Fecha:
1885
Técnica:
Lithograph on Japan paper
Medidas:
26.5 x 32.5 cm
Úbicacion:
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 558 (1975.9)

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The series on the Potato Eaters, executed in Nuenen in spring 1885, is one of the most significant of Vincent van Gogh’s first period. Having taken up residence in this small village near Eindhoven in the Brabant region in 1883, the artist focused his attention on depicting the life of the local country dwellers in numerous drawings, sketches and engravings and two large paintings on canvas, rendering the world of workers in a realistic, uncompromising manner, while expressing his moral and social views. In a letter written to his brother Theo in late April he stated, “I have tried to emphasise that those people, eating potatoes in the lamp-light, have dug the earth with the very hands they put in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labour , and how they have honestly earned their food. I have wanted to give the impression of a way of life quite different from that of us civilised people. Therefore I am not at all anxious for everyone to like it or admire it at once.”

Once he had completed the first painting on canvas, Vincent decided to produce a lithograph on the same subject and for this purpose procured a lithographic stone from the workshop of the father of Dimen Gesten , a pupil of his in Eindhoven. In just a day Vincent transferred the image of the Potato Eaters directly onto the stone from memory, without using preliminary drawings, and the figures are therefore reversed in the print on paper. Unlike the painting, the entire composition appears to be illuminated by an almost magical glow.

Van Gogh printed only one state with an edition of twenty lithographs, with the aim of presenting them to his friends and pupils as gifts. “That lithograph won’t be for publication, anyway, but is entirely a private affair,” he wrote to his brother. Juliana Montford has managed to identify eight, one of which is that belonging to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Paloma Alarcó

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