PILES OF FRENCH NOVELS BY VINCENT VAN GOGH
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887
Original: oil on canvas 73,6 x 54,4 cm bxh
With this still life, Van Gogh paid tribute to modern French literature. The books with yellow covers are not immediately recognisable to the 21st century viewer. But to Van Gogh's contemporaries they are: these were modern French paperbacks.
Van Gogh was an avid reader and lover of novels by the brothers De Goncourt and Emile Zola, for example. They painted an unadorned, realistic picture of modern life.
The open book in the foreground invites the viewer to read.
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
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