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Re: Impessionism & Photography

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Ken Rohrer (kenroar)
Wed, 3 Apr 1996 23:10:24 -0600


To continue the discussion on the effect of photography on Impressionism...

I bought a book while on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this week on Van
Gogh's personal writings (entitled "Letters From Provence" by Martin
Bailey). I saw an interesting comment on page 67. The excerpt was from a
letter dated October 8, 1888 to Theo Van Gogh (Vincent's brother) who had
sent him a photograph of their mother. It reads...

"I am doing a portrait of Mother for myself. I cannot stand the colourless
photograph, and I am trying to do one in a harmony of colour, as I see her
in my memory."

It appears that color became a very important element in Impressionism at
the advent of the photograph to some Impressionists.

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