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Vincent van Gogh. L'arlesienne. Portrait of Madame Geno
In his "L'Arlésienne, Madame Ginoux" Vincent van Gogh drew "A Christmas Carol" book by Charles Dickens. Being an intensely literary artist, above all Van Gogh loved Charles Dickens, whose novels he described as “reality more real than reality”. His favourite titles were the Christmas books. In a letter in 1883 he writes:
“This week I bought a new 6-penny edition of Christmas carol and Haunted man by Dickens (London Chapman and Hall) with about 7 illustrations by Barnard, for example, a junk shop among others. I find all of Dickens beautiful, but those two tales — I’ve re-read them almost every year since I was a boy, and they always seem new to me. Barnard has understood Dickens well. Lately I again saw photographs after Black and White drawings by B., a series of characters from Dickens. I saw Mrs Gamp, Little Dorrit, Sikes, Sydney Carton, and several others. They’re a few figures worked up to a very high standard, very important, treated like cartoons. In my view there’s no other writer who’s as much a painter and draughtsman as Dickens. He’s one of those whose characters are resurrections.”
VINCENT VAN GOGH, TO ANTHON VAN RAPPARD, THE HAGUE, ON OR ABOUT MONDAY, 5 MARCH 1883
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