Portrait of Pere Tanguy

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:45080

Van Gogh's "Portrait of Pere Tanguy" (1887) is a striking Post-Impressionist piece featuring the Japanese ukiyo-e influence seen in the vividly painted backdrop. This oil painting captures his art dealer, Pere Tanguy, with a vibrant selection of harmonious, yet bold colors. It's significant as Van Gogh integrates his subject with the surrounding imagery, portraying Tanguy not merely as an individual, but as an integral part of the artistic universe he cherished. This painting manifests the emotional depth, intense color, and innovative technique that mark Van Gogh's unique contribution to Western art.

51 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Pere Tanguy: An Artistic Masterpiece from 1887

Vincent van Gogh, one of the world’s most celebrated post-impressionist painters, painted the “Portrait of Pere Tanguy” in the winter of 1887, during his time in Paris. The painting holds a significant place in the corpus of van Gogh’s work and the history of art.

Julien Tanguy, known as “Père” Tanguy, was more than just a sitter for this portrait; he was a friend and supporter of Vincent and other contemporary artists of the time. Tanguy ran an art supply store in Paris and often accepted artwork in exchange for art supplies. This relationship is depicted through the affectionate and detailed portrayal in this painting.

The “Portrait of Pere Tanguy” is unique for several reasons:

1. **Integration of Japanese Art**: This painting is one of the early instances where van Gogh incorporated the influence of Japanese prints, a collection of which forms the backdrop of the painting. The integration reflects Van Gogh’s fascination with Japanese ukiyo-e prints and his belief in their “joyous” and life-affirming qualities. This synthesis of western and eastern art forms presents a stunning visual narrative that was revolutionary at the time.

2. **Emotional Connection**: The portrayal of Tanguy is not merely a depiction of physical likeness but serves as an emotional representation of his character. The sympathetic rendering of Tanguy’s features exhibits a sense of familiarity and affection that van Gogh felt for him.

3. **Color and Technique**: This work stands out for its vivid colors and innovative brushwork. Van Gogh uses contrasting colors and bold, dramatic brush strokes, representing a departure from the more muted tones and precise lines of his earlier work. These techniques became a hallmark of his style during his Parisian period and beyond.

Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Pere Tanguy, post-impressionism, 1887, Julien Tanguy, Paris, Japanese art influence, Ukiyo-e prints, Van Gogh’s color technique, Van Gogh’s Paris period, Van Gogh’s brushwork.

Original size:
51 x 65 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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