Tuesday, March 30, 2010

(Social) Realism: Netherlands

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890)

[A]nyone who prefers to have his peasants looking namby-pamby had best suit himself. Personally I am convinced that in the long run one gets better results from painting them in all their coarseness than from introducing a conventional sweetness.
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact. He suffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life, and died largely unknown, at the age of 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Vincent Willem van Gogh The Red Vineyard 1888

Vincent Willem van Gogh Kartoffelerntende-Frau

Vincent Willem van Gogh A pair of shoes

Charley Toorop (1891 — 1955)

Charley Toorop (24 March 1891, Katwijk — 5 November 1955, Bergen, North Holland) was a Dutch painter and lithographer. Her full name was Annie Caroline Pontifex Fernhout-Toorop.

Charley Toorop Still Life with White Pitcher 1954

Charley Toorop Farmers 1930

Charley Toorop Self-portrait 1940

Charley Toorop Clown in the Ruins of Rotterdam 1940-41

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin (http://gaelart.net/) to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to caoimhghin@yahoo.com.

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