Popular Art and the Avant-garde

Author(s): Alessi, Vincent

Art

When Vincent van Gogh picked up his pencil and set out on his artistic career, it was not with the intention of becoming a leader of the avant-garde art world. Rather, his aims centred on earning a reasonable wage and living within the middle-class norms of his family. Van Gogh's hope was to become an illustrator of magazines and newspapers. From 1880 to 1885 van Gogh assembled a collection of over 2,000 black-and-white prints, predominately from English publications such as the Graphic and the Illustrated London News. These prints were produced in the thousands to accompany news stories or as stand-alone illustrations to be pinned up in the family home. Vincent Alessi reveals for the first time how van Gogh's collection acted for him as both inspiration and manual: a guide to the subject matter demanded by leading illustrated newspapers and magazines and a model of artistic style. These popular images are shown to have palpably shaped van Gogh's art throughout his career, and to open up rich new understandings of a life and body of work that continue to intrigue and inspire.

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  • : 9781925495737
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : August 2020
  • : --- length: - '23.4' width: - '15.3' units: - Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : Alessi, Vincent
  • : Paperback
  • : 234