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Monday Motivator: Van Gogh's Monet Wishing

By January 14, 2013

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Painting Monday Motivator Quote
"Ah, to paint figures like Claude Monet paints landscapes. "

-- Vincent van Gogh, letter to Theo, 3 May 1889.
So many of us wish to paint like Van Gogh; I think it's rather inspiring to know he had someone he wished to paint like too. This letter was written 14 months before his death.

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January 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(1) Yover says:

But his wish remained a pious hope!

January 15, 2013 at 6:08 am
(2) Natalya Kalugina says:

Yes, indeed! But… it was written before his last brilliant 70 days. 14 months is a huge period of time for any developing artist. I think the idea “I wish to paint like …” is absolutely wrong. The main point is “to paint like myself and nobody else”

January 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(3) Yover says:

Van Gogh maybe wanted simply to mean that he was a great admirer, a “fan” of Monet. A kind of tribute paid to him. But the biggest idol of Van Gogh was a contemporary French painter of Van Gogh, Adolphe Monticelli. Today It may be surprising because the latter unfortunately, sank into oblivion!
Natalya Kalugina, I take a close look at your site: do you know the greatest Armenian painter, Martiros Sarian? Your paintings are close to his art.

December 1, 2013 at 5:30 am
(4) Leda says:

i wish to paint ABSTRACT PAINTINGS but when I try I can’t achieve anything good. A big part of the problem is that of mixing colours (apart from 2 or 3) and the inability to visualise one specific form of abstract, or achieve it when I think I know it.
I like the co-ordination of colours, their successful matching or combination.
To me colours are a language more than form, which tends to ‘copy’ something.
I frequent galleries of modern art and I know what I like.
I am not trained in any sense. I once frequented a painting class but we spent time with drawings. When I mentioned ABSTRACTS ONLY, there was no such thing! I dislike drawing.
Thank you for this service.

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