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The perfect match

You are walking through Paris, the city of romance. Perhaps you will meet the love of your life here. But as we know from the movies, you could just as easily pass each other by. As you enter the shop, the other person leaves via a side door. You continue with your life, completely unaware of what might have happened. Only the shop assistant has seen both of you, almost simultaneously. It could have been the perfect match.

A shop selling artists’ supplies in Montmartre was the setting for a similar encounter in 1887. Vincent van Gogh bought his canvas from the roll there, as did many other leading artists. But we could never find out who it was who came into the shop before him or after him.

Until now, that is: in an extraordinary research project the fabrics of artists’ canvases have been meticulously compared. This has revealed canvases from the same roll and it has emerged that the young artist Émile Bernard worked with exactly the same canvas as Van Gogh during the few months he spent in Paris. The two resulting paintings are now linked together for eternity – the perfect match.

 

5 Responses to “The perfect match”

  1. David Carroll says:

    Fascinating! I enjoyed the analysis and reconstruction of the 20m heavy jute canvas Gauguin brought with him in Arles from the book Van Gogh and Gauguin: Studio of the South, Druick and Zegers. I look forward to detailed information on this research and its application.

  2. Deb Bensaul says:

    And that is the romance of art :)

  3. Nazmie says:

    Fascinating! I enjoyed the analysis and reconstruction of the 20m heavy jute canvas Gauguin brought with him in Arles from the book Van Gogh and Gauguin: Studio of the South, Druick and Zegers. I look forward to detailed information on this research and its application.

  4. johannes l. says:

    Die Farben der Bilder wirkten fuer mich kumulativ zu den stillen Gedanken meiner Fantasie. Einige Stuecke wirken zukunftsweisend, je mehr man in sie eintaucht. Ich werde jetzt auch Bilder malen, natuerlich kann man diese nicht in Relation zu Van Gogh sehen. Doch werde ich meine Seele nach Aussen kehren.
    mfg JoJo

  5. Eva-Christine says:

    Erstaunlich wie klein Europa ist – betrachtet unter dem Aspekt der Kunst!
    Die Kuenstler des Impressionismus / Expressionismus kannten einander und haben einander beeinflusst. Ob man Frankreich, Daenemark, Norwegen oder die Niederlande bereist; die Bilder gleichen sich und die Maler waren an den gleichen Orten.
    Sehr interessante Untersuchung!