Vincent van Gogh / Adeline Ravoux / 1890Vincent van Gogh
Adeline Ravoux

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Creator Name: Gogh, Vincent Van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1853 - 1890
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Vincent van Gogh
Title: Adeline Ravoux
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1890
Creation End Date: 1890
Creation Date: 1890
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 50.2cm x 50.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.31
Credit Line: Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Context: In May 1890 Van Gogh left southern France to live in Auvers, a small town just north of Paris, where he rented a room at the inn of Arthur Ravoux. A month after his arrival he painted three portraits of Ravoux's sixteen-year-old daughter, Adeline. Although known for his landscapes, Van Gogh's greatest ambition was to paint portraits. "I should like to paint portraits," he wrote to his sister, "which a hundred years from now will seem to people of those days like apparitions. Thus I do not attempt to achieve this through photographic resemblance, but through our impassioned aspects, using our science and our modern taste for color as a means of expression and of exaltation of color." This painting presents Adeline Ravoux not as an individual, but as a symbol of the eternal woman, set against the infinite blue night like a radiant star.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.31
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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