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Van Gogh : fields : the Field with poppies and the artists' dispute
Gogh, Vincent van, 1853-1890.
Publication Information:
Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz ; New York : Distribution in the US, D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, 2002.
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251 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 31 cm
General Note:
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Van Gogh: Fields. The Field with Poppies and the Artists' Dispute', Bremen Kunsthalle, 19 October 2002 to 26 January 2003"--Colophon.
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ND653.G7 A4 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Vincent van Gogh arrived in Saint-Rªmy-de-Provence in 1889 to be voluntarily treated for psychiatric illness. "Poppyfield" was one of the first pictures that the artist painted that year of the countryside surrounding the asylum, and it continues the leitmotif of fields which runs throughout his oeuvre. Van Gogh's mind was rooted in the cycles of nature, from the mythical sower to the flowering corn to the autumnal reaper. What "The Poppyfield and the Artist's Protest" also reveals is the artistic possibilities hidden in his conception of the landscape, in the perspectival effect of depth and the accentuation of the canvas's surface. More than 50 paintings and drawings by the Dutch artist are represented here, all of them a tribute to van Gogh's idiosyncratic interpretation of the landscape. Additionally, this publication discusses the particular situation of "Poppyfield," which was acquired by the Bremen Kunsthalle in 1911 amid the protests of German artists who were against the arrival of French modernism in German museums. Bremen curator Gustav Pauli, with the support of artists like Max Lieberman and Wassily Kandinsky, defended the purchase.