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Wednesday Mar 30, 2011
Impasto Master (detail)
Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, was born this day in 1853.
From An Artist Empowered:
The Brothers van Gogh:
Theo van Gogh was certainly ambivalent of his older brothers original talent. While providing a monthly allowance and art materials for Vincent, who routinely sent him paintings that would one day attain iconic status, he was also dismissive of his brothers art.
An art dealer of some note, Theo promoted and encouraged Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Sisley, Signac, Toulouse-Lautrec and Monet; but he refused to exhibit Vincents work on the pretext that they were not yet good enough.
In his assessment, Theo may even have been sincere, but that didnt make him right.
Vincent, who knew all this, ultimately accepted his brothers stipend for unfettered time to paint, but at a price: his work, especially during those last productive years, would end up collecting dust in a corner of Theos apartment in Paris.