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He loved that painting!

23 Aug

Let's continue with the next painting he loved so well!
Errol and his prized possession – Mother and Child!

Vincent Van Gogh “The Man is at Sea”

This painting is in a private collection today – would anybody have any information who's collection?

“The Man is at Sea” is – oil on canvas, size 25.98″ x 20.8″ (66 cm x 51 cm) was painted in October 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh while residing in Saint Paul asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, to which Vincent Van Gogh admitted himself to find a cure of his very serious ailments. 
During this tragic time Vincent Van Gogh chose to paint pictures – themes and motives – of other painters and “The Man is at Sea” was one of them.

When you find this phrase  – Van Gogh's “The Man is at Sea” after Demont-Breton, this has a special meaning.  Van Gogh painted it after a picture, an engraving in this case, produced by Virginie Demont-Breton.  Meaning Van Gogh used her engraving to paint his “The Man is at Sea” in oil, in his style and his colors.

Virginie Demont-Breton produced her mother and child engraving in 1889 and it was  exhibited at “The Salon” Brussels (?) of the same year.  The Salon was in those days the highest venue to be exhibited. Van Gogh must have seen it in Brussels at the time of the exhibition as he painted his painting at the end of the same year. (October 1889)

Titled “Her Husband is gone to Sea” by Virginie Demont-Breton 1889:

A warm and wonderful picture! 

Two link of interest to enjoy
Virginie Demont-Breton and Vincent Van Gogh

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www.mezzo-mondo.com…

Errol sure knew how to pick pictures – with “wow” backgrounds! Never a dull day! Have fun and always a great time!

P.S. Would anybody know if Errol owned James Whistler's “The Falling Rocket?”
Another picture with a hoopla background.  If he owned it it had to be prior to 1946 as the picture is owned since 1946 by the Detroit Institute of Art.

— Tina

 

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Anonymous

This is the most interesting point: who owns the painting now and which way did it go after Errol's death?

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Anonymous

A perfect depiction of the source painting being superior to the copy.

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Anonymous

Ouch – I felt that?
Errol sold it himself for @120.000 it's in MWWW – first he got offered $75.000. He doesn't say to whom he sold it.

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Anonymous

Agreed very much!
Did you ever hear of “The Falling Rocket”. could Errol have owned it?

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Rachel

Thanks for posting these images and the info, Tina!
You know, this painting is now my favorite Van Gogh work — it's quite beautiful. Errol had pretty good taste in art. :-)
I also like the “Mother and Child” version by Demont-Breton too — very nice!

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Tina

You are very welcome Rachel! I am glad you like it and that it provides some information on Errol's paintings. It is very hard work to find information on little intricate details but always a thrill when one finds something. I also like the “Mother and Child” version by Virginie Demont-Breton very much, it has this very warm and caring aura. At the time Van Gogh painted his picture he was a very sick and tormented man who only lived for 9 more months. He was 37 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. One tortured man owns a… Read more »

Anonymous

Sorry to contradict, Tina – to me, both paintings have an aura of foreloreness and sadness – look at the way she holds the child, to me, there is no warmth nor care.

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Anonymous

There is nothing to contradict.
Feelings are not something debatable.
I do respect your feelings about the painting, it just so happen that I feel different about it. The colors give the warmth, caring for her husband who is away and caring for the child. Just how I feel.

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