Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chicago Museum of Art: Van Gogh's "The Drinkers"

The placard at the Chicago Museum of Art does a wonderful job explaining this painting.   Painted in 1890, van Gogh at this time was in the Asylum of Saint-Paul in Saint-Remy, a small town near Arles.  He was already struggling with mental health issues.

While there, he took to copying works of other painters that he admired.   This is a copy of a wood engraving from Honore Daumier, titled "Drinkers"

It is possibly a parody on the four ages of man.  And, van Gogh could also be implying his own drinking habits with absinthe were concerning to him.

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