THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
Regal in the cheekbones, between-the-wars in her aloof beauty and that arched eyebrow, it’s a face that can go icy in an instant or warm like the dawn.
July 27, 1890: Vincent van Gogh shoots himself.
He died two days later, at age thirty-seven. In late 1888, van Gogh, desperate and growing increasingly unstable, had confronted his friend Paul Gauguin with a knife, before using it to cut off part of his own ear. He was taken to a hospital, where he remained in a delirious state (the locals called him “the redheaded madman”) before committing himself to an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Here, the artist painted one of his most beloved works - The Starry Night. And ironically, it was while van Gogh was in an asylum that interest in his work actually began to build, drawing attention from men like Monet and Pissaro. He left Saint-Rémy in May 1890 to stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, where he spent the last days of his life.
On July 27, 1890, van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver, though the initial impact did not kill him; in fact, he walked all the way back to the house where he had been staying before an infection began to take effect. His brother Theo, one of the few people with whom van Gogh remained in close correspondence with all his life, visited him before his death. His last words were, according to Theo:
The sadness will last forever.
In his entire lifetime, Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting (Red Vineyard at Arles).
The Luncheon of the Boating Party
Oil on canvas, 130 x 173 cm
Phillips Collection, Washington
Cora Crawley, Lady Grantham by John Singer Sargent (1893)
Well, not really. Technically it’s Lady Agnew, but I was bored tonight, and got to thinking what painter would be suited to paint some of the Downton Abbey characters. I came up with Sargent for Cora, because of obvious reasons. While he was an American (another reason why I think Cora’d pick him), he was living in England and Europe in the late 1800’s (he had been elected to the Royal Academy in 1893), and was in vogue at the time, having painted the portraits of countless aristocrats. Henry James was a particular fan of his.
This is Photoshop, however. Original painting + shot of Elizabeth McGovern in Ragtime. And lots of spare time. C’mon, what else is a fangirl to do on a Friday night?