See Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings now, before they all turn white

Monday, 23 March, 2015

If you’re yet to view the actual paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, as opposed to photos or footage of the works, now might be a good time… it seems a synthetically-made paint that the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist made use of, is now resulting in a discolouration of the same artworks, causing some hues to turn white.

Also known as red lead, plumbonacrite is suspected to be one of the first synthetically-made paints known to man, and van Gogh was a particular fan of the stuff. In many of his paintings he used bold colors – including the red hue – which apparently degrades like a Gobstopper candy when exposed to light.

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Remixing Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” for the interactive generation

Monday, 13 February, 2012

Re-imagining Vincent Van Gogh’s 1889 painting, Starry Night, as a moving image.

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Cutting off Van Gogh’s ear, it was all Gauguin’s doing

Wednesday, 6 May, 2009

New research suggests that 19th century artist Vincent Van Gogh’s act of self mutilation in cutting off his ear, may not in fact have been self mutilation at all, but rather was occasioned by fellow artist Paul Gauguin.

Two German art historians, who have spent 10 years reviewing the police investigations, witness accounts and the artists’ letters, argue that Gauguin, a fencing ace, most likely sliced off the ear with his sword during a fight, and the two artists agreed to hush up the truth.

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