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……

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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  1. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

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

  2. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 6:31 am

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

  3. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

    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.

  4. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 6:58 am

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

  5. Rachel

    August 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    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!

  6. Tina

    August 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    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 painting of another tortured man!
    Another interesting point is that Paul Gauguin and Van Gogh were friends at one time and Gauguin painted Van Gogh – titled “The Painter of Sunflowers”.
    Sometimes it is most interesting to see the coincidences, the synchronicity and the circles life so often weaves. Food for thought!

  7. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    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.

  8. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    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.

  9. Tina

    August 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    We received most valuable information about this painting and it is thanks to German writer Stefan Koldehoff and our David.

    Vincent van Gogh
    «The Man is at Sea» (after Virginie Demont-Breton)
    Oil on Canvas, 66 x 51 cm
    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, October 1889
    De la Faille 644 • Hulsker 1805


    1889/1890 Vincent van Gogh, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence/Auvers-sur-Oise
    1890 Dr Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890
    (Gift from the above)
    1909 Paul Gachet fils, Auvers-sur-Oise (by decent from the above)
    1937/1938 Galerie Paul Cassirer, Amsterdam (acquired from the above)
    1938 Caesar R. Diorio, New York
    1943 Eroll Flynn, Hollywood
    1959 Estate of Errol Flynn
    29 April 1964 Sale: Sotheby’s London, Lot 52 (withdrawn before the sale)
    1964 Acquavella Galleries, New York
    16 November 1964 John Thompson Dorrance Jr., Gladwyne/Pennsylvania
    18 October 1989 Sale: Sotheby’s New York, Lot 27 ($ 7.150.000)
    Yasumichi Morishita / Aska International, Tokyo
    Subsequently sold
    Present whereabouts unknown

    • Tim

      August 14, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      How wonderful!

      Thank you Tina, David & Stephan!!!

      Where is this one, which reveals so much about Errol’s love of paintings, and of yachts?


      • Tina

        August 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

        Sorry Tim – I have no idea – maybe some of our other authors know???