La folie de Vincent

In the present turmoil, what can we do better than visit a most interesting, if small, exhibition, admire his late paintings, and learn all there is to learn about the mystery of his (psychiatric) disease, his suicide and the famous ear he cut off… And, of course, there are his canvases and drawings. Admirable, as always. In the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Read my French blog about it, at Vu du Nord (Le Monde):

Quelle était exactement la nature de la mystérieuse maladie de Van Gogh? Était-il épileptique? Bipolaire? Schizophrène? Neurosyphilitique? Ou simplement alcoolique (ça, il l’était certainement). Tous les diagnostics ont été lâchés, et continuent de l’être. En fait, plus d’un siècle après son suicide, on ne le sait toujours pas. Mais une belle petite exposition fort intéressant nous montre tous les faits connus, et met tous les éléments bout à bout. Y compris ceux concernant la fameuse oreille coupée, dont le mystère (Van Gogh l’avait-il coupée entièrement ou juste un bout?) est enfin éclairci, grâce au dessin retrrouvé de son médecin traitant de l’époque. Et il y a – à côté de bien d’autres oeuvres des dernières années de Van Gogh – le portrait de ce médecin, qu’il n’aimait pas et qu’il a vendu après la mort de son ami – et qui, à présent, nous est revenu du Musée Pouchkine de Moscou. A voir au Musée Van Gogh d’Amsterdam.

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Marten et Oopjen : jeunes, riches, et célèbres

Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit

They were young, famous, rich. They had their portrails made by a painter who was ‘hot’ in those days: Rembrandt van Rijn – himself young, famous and well to do. And just married (Marten and Oopjen celebrated their first anniversary – and waited for their first child to be born). For 400 years, they were part of private collections. Now they have been bought by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris. Together. And so Marten and Oopjen will travel to and fro every so often (not too often, though…). But for now… they are home, in Amsterdam, where they came from. And until October 2016, they will be on show in the Rijksmuseum, next to the Night Watch, Rembrandt’s next assignment… So go and admire them while you can (and if possible, today Saturday 2 July, when the museum will be free)! Admire their lace, their silk, their fashionable clothes, their jewelry – all so well rendered by Rembrandt, who painted them like princes… the 17th century’s jet set of Amsterdam…

 

Source: Marten et Oopjen : jeunes, riches, et célèbres