Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings

Van Gogh說過,他只能依靠繪畫表達自我。在潦倒、窮困、患病、孤獨的時光,理應使人內心滿佈陰鬱黑暗,但Van Gogh筆下的麥田與向日葵

,卻總充滿煥發的生命力,又如《Red Vineyards at Arles》的辛勤與活力、《The Starry Night》的迷幻與寧靜,就算是《Wheatfield with Crows》的瘋狂與壓抑,也隱若流露他對生命的不屈與吶喊。

十九世紀,印象派強調光線變化的一點,而人們如何從畫作中產生的視覺感受,則成為重要的課題,所以作品色彩往往比傳統學院派鮮明豐富。Van Gogh正是被當時流行的印象派影響,但他繪畫的題材更為自由奔放,與其說片面追求光線,更多是強調主觀感情如何改造客觀物象,作品充滿強烈的個人情緒,成為後印象派的代表人物。

這本《Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings》,雖說是一本作品集,其實卻是代表了他十年創作生涯的掙扎與盼望,疾病折磨與創作靈感於他內心激烈交戰,更隨着心境變化,筆觸、線條、色彩、事物因而產生起伏。「靈魂雖被猛火燃燒,卻無人來取暖;過客瞥見煙囪裊裊煙霧後,又匆匆繼續旅程」,Van Gogh渴望人們透過作品理解他,若你曾為他的作品而悸動,就更要通過他的畫作,全面了解當中的理念與情感。

Meet Vincent van Gogh, the tortured genius of 19th-century art. This lush tome collects all his 871 paintings, alongside writings and essays, charting the life and work which continues to tower over art to this day. From Sunflowers, The Starry Night, to Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear: celebrate an artist uniquely dexterous in the representation of texture and mood, light and place.

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