Van Gogh Vincent. Women of Arles. Fine art postcard A6
The picture “Women of Arles” has one more title: “Rememberings about Etten” (a small town in the north of the Neverlands, where the artist worked for some time). Perhaps, in that case the circumstance made working from life not compulsory. Both the figures and the scenery depicted in the picture are very plane. The space doesn’t extend in depth; it goes as if parallelly to the plane of the canvas by peculiar zones – the method borrowed from Japan artists. At the first glance, the picture seems to consist of broad colour patches as it is in Gauguin’s works of art. However, having examined it closely it’s possible to see that every of these “patches” is saturated with small rash strokes which create the inner dynamism of forms making them particularly expressive. By its emotional content the “Women of Arles” is a complex work. The faces of the passing women are pensive and sad. Due to this the viewer feels a sudden and inevitable alarm. Tortured by poverty and the absence of acknowledgement the artist with growing bitterness began to perceive the reality in the light of tragedy. Van Gogh mentioned the picture twice in the letters to his brother Teo calling it “Rememberings about the garden in Etten”. In the letters to his sister Villemine he wrote that the walking women are she herself and their mother, and that the violet and the yellow colours of the dahlias is associated with the image of their mother, while the figure in the orange and green Scotch shawl accented by the red umbrella is the sister. In the picture the two realities merge – the Neverlands and Provence. The north and the south mix – the cypresses neighbour the cabbage, an Arles woman resembles a Dutch one. The cypress symbolize death, the road is the symbol of the time running.
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Agni Publishing House (Samara, Russia), Nicholas Roerich Museum (New York) and Fine Arts Academy Gallery (Moscow, Russia) have published a unique album, dedicated to the pictorial heritage of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
Will be available on the second volume of a unique publication dedicated to the works of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
The album was released by the publishing house "Agni" (Samara), with active cooperation of the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, as well as the Moscow Gallery Fine Arts Academy and the St. Petersburg State Museum and Institute of the Roerich Family.