" Où se trouve la beauté? Dans les grandes choses qui, comme les autres, sont condamnées à mourir, ou bien dans les petites qui,sans prétendre à rien, savent incruster dans l'instant une gemme d'infini ?"
Muriel Barbery, L'élégance du hérisson
on you tubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQDtEizSt0The incredible and revolutionary story of a Vincent van Gogh self portrait painting, oil on canvas, after Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul, 1661.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam"It is legitimate to think that van Gogh was inspired by its favourite's painters for the art of portrait, Rembrandt and Delacroix."From introduction:Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov.Musée d'Orsay.Found at Geneva flea market by Jules Petroz, watch video, a revolution in the art world. Parisian period 1885 1886, when living in Paris, with his brother Theo. When Vincent van Gogh was confronted to artists such as Paul Gauguin, Seurat, Signac,Emile Bernard, Toulouse-Lautrec,Anquetin, John Russell, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin,« Histoire de moi ou l'histoire des autoportraits»THALIA Collection initiation à l'art. Décembre 2006Pages 224-225A fortieth self portrait ?There are many things left to discover about one of the most famous painters in the world.A young art lover, Jules Petroz, has recently discovered in a flea market a portrait which could be dated from the Parisian period of Van Gogh. If it was a self-portrait, it would be the fortieth. The small painting has character; dark coloured and the gaunt face could correspond to the artist's look when arrived in Paris, he was sheltered by his brother Theo.He arrived broke from Anvers and physically diminished. Very little is known from this period, most of what we know being based on the brothers's reciprocal letters.Although it is not technically early Parisian period but Vincent Van Gogh changed so often style during this epoch. After quarrelling with girlfriend Agostina Segatori, (the 'Tambourine' holder, a cabaret in Montmartre where Vincent had hanged most of his latest works), he came back to collect his works; alas! The cabaret had shut down, the lady gone and the paintings sold for a few francs to a junk dealer...Did some of these paintings survive?The painting is here reproduced so the reader can make himself an opinion.And for art sake.Yves CalmejanePetroz Fine Art Gallery Geneva Switzerland.
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