Vincent question
December 21, 2019 9:39 AM   Subscribe

In the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, many years ago, I saw a painting with VVG's typical yellow vibrant tones. Do you know the name of this painting?

I don't recall the subject matter - more sunflowers? more wheat fields? - but what I recall is that Van Gogh had painted the frame yellow too, in thick textured streaks, and the effect was of yellow paint spilling over from the canvas. I don't know if he had painted this as an already-framed canvas?
Do you know what it was?
posted by nantucket to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Might it be "Quinces, lemons, pears and grapes", discussed about 1/4 down the page at The Frame Blog?
posted by themissy at 9:42 AM on December 21, 2019 [1 favorite]

Agreed - Quinces, Lemons, Pears and Grapes at the museum. ["Van Gogh also painted the frame of this work. It is the only original frame that has survived."]
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:33 AM on December 21, 2019

Thank you both! That's it. I've wondered for years. Much appreciated!
posted by nantucket at 10:40 AM on December 21, 2019

You might also enjoy the museum's 1995 publication, "In perfect harmony : picture + frame, 1850-1920" (possibly as an interlibrary loan).

[From the Amazon page: "According to Vincent van Gogh, a painting was not really finished until it was framed; unmounted it was still 'in the raw'. He and many of his contemporaries regarded picture and frame as an aesthetic whole and chose or designed their own frames [...] Hundreds of works have been illustrated for the first time with their frames - paintings by Arnold Bocklin, Franz von Stuck, Gustav Klimt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frederic Lord Leighton, James McNeill Whistler, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Jan Toorop, Fernand Khnopff, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, and many others."]
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:42 AM on December 21, 2019 [1 favorite]

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