Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars by Joan HolubThis was a very different book than I have read previously from this author. This comes from a series of books about artist. The book is written like a book report that a child would give which was interesting in itself. It was also written in first person as the child sees van Gogh.
I liked that the book gave a thorough view at the artist life from the time he was born to the time of his death. One page even showed the artist as a young boy. The book mentioned his brother and how he got along with this sibling. Kids could compare their own relationships with their own siblings.
I also like the book pulled no punches when it came to van Gogh being poor or even how he so tragically died. These things are important truths for this artist and give accurate portrayal for children. I do caution reading this book to a younger child as this may be difficult for a younger child to grasp. Older children just might have questions that can easily be discussed.
The illustrations were cute and fantastic at the same time. The book report illustrations were done in crayons drawings with cartoon like characters but this was juxtaposed with the real life paintings of the artist.
Overall, I liked this book and gets an A from me which equal out to be 5 stars.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion the views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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Some of Vincent van Gogh's most famous works are his Sunflower series. He painted a total of twelve of these canvases, although the most commonly referred to are the seven he painted while in Arles in - The other five he had painted previously while in Paris in There are many pieces within this series of paintings each is clearly identifiable as a Van Gogh work in which there are only minor differences that separate them. The overall layout of the painting along with positioning of the actual sunflowers usually remains the same in the similar paintings. As Van Gogh anticipated in , the Sunflowers finally became his, and served - combined with self-portraits - as his artistical arms and alter ego up to the present day: no retrospective Van Gogh exhibition since voluntarily missed to include them, and a wealth of forgeries as well as record-setting price paid at auction acknowledges their public success: Perhaps, because Van Gogh's Sunflowers are more than his or him - they may be considered, as Gauguin put it, the flower. While Vincent himself never actually stated why he liked the sunflowers in particular, references to them are made in his many letters, which help give us some idea.
Sunflowers original title, in French: Tournesols is the name of two series of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first series, executed in Paris in , depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles , shows a bouquet of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist's mind both sets were linked by the name of his friend Paul Gauguin , who acquired two of the Paris versions. After Gauguin's departure, van Gogh imagined the two major versions as wings of the Berceuse Triptych , and finally he included them in his Les XX in Bruxelles exhibit. Little is known of Van Gogh's activities during the two years he lived with his brother, Theo, in Paris, —
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There are pieces of artwork drifting through galleries around the world that have become nearly synonymous with the artists name and techniques. The various paintings of Sunflowers and Vincent van Gogh are a perfect example of this., Alastair Sooke shows how these masterpieces came to be. Sometimes a work of art is so dazzlingly famous that it can blind people to its original context and meaning.
Nineteenth century Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh had a unique perspective on the world, which he presented through breathtaking Post-Impressionistic paintings. But before he caught the world's imagination, before he created The Starry Night , this mercurial man dedicated himself to the surreal and beautiful wonder of Sunflowers. The first set of four is known as The Paris Sunflowers. These were created when the artist lived with his brother Theo in the City of Light, ahead of moving to Arles in the south of France in That August, van Gogh began the Arles Sunflowers while renting four rooms in a yellow house.
The Sunflowers is one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery. It is the painting that is most often reproduced on cards, posters, mugs, tea-towels and stationery. It was also the picture that Van Gogh was most proud of. It was painted during a rare period of excited optimism, while Van Gogh awaited the arrival of his hero, the avant-garde painter Paul Gauguin. The lonely and passionate Vincent had moved to Arles, in the South of France, where he dreamed of setting up a community of artists with Gauguin as its mentor. Visit us.
This is one of four paintings of sunflowers dating from August and September Van Gogh intended to decorate Gauguin 's room with these paintings in the so-called Yellow House that he rented in Arles in the South of France. He and Gauguin worked there together between October and December Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in August , 'I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won't surprise you when you know that what I'm at is the painting of some sunflowers. If I carry out this idea there will be a dozen panels.