Van Gogh Prints and Posters
|Almond Blossom San Remy 1890|
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Although Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, Red Vineyard at Arles, Van Gogh prints, posters and other reproductions of his works are some of the most popular works of art sold today. Often three or more Van Gogh prints will be in the top 10 prints sold including the #1 and #2 spots. Often the #1 selling print on Art.com is Almond Branches in Bloom or Blossoming Almond Tree. This was painted in Saint-Remy, France in February of 1890 just a few months before his death. Van Gogh painted this beautiful piece for his brother Theo’s newborn son, also named Vincent.
Another hugely popular item is the Starry Night Print. This was painted by Van Gogh in 1889 while he was at the Asylum in Saint-Remy.
|Starry Night, c.1889|
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Prints or posters of Van Gogh’s paintings like Starry Night and Almond Branches can be made to look classic or contemporary based on the type of frame you choose. This makes them an ideal compliment to any décor or style. People often inquire as to what types of frames Van Gogh used on the original works during his time. As stated in the following letter to Theo from June of 1883, Vincent discusses using a passé-partout (the French for mat) in addition to a frame to showcase his work.
“I have had a frame made, or rather a passe-partout of ordinary wood, and have given it a walnut colour with a black inner strip; that shuts off the drawing very well, and it is pleasant working in the frame.”
Wood frames made out of walnut, chestnut, or pine were also commonly used by Van Gogh to frame his paintings. In another letter to Theo from October 0f 188 Vincent states,
“I have had walnut frames made for the two pictures of “The Poet's Garden,” and they have a very good effect. And now I am looking for a frame in yellowish chestnut. It is as stiff and plain as the rim of a slate, but the tone of the wood does well. Pine also goes well with the “Furrows” and the “Vineyard.”
Van Gogh not only used frames to display his work but also to protect his work from the winds in the South of France. Van Gogh also said that he liked the effect of a frame because it helped him finish each piece. He writes to his brother, Theo, about the damaging weather in a letter from October of 1888,
“We are now in the midst of a merciless mistral, it is very bad for the work. But later, before the real winter, we shall have more fine weather, and in any case I hope to add other things to the series I am working on.
It is mostly the fault of the frames, which I have already ordered, and which I need very badly. I can only finish in a frame. And besides, we may make use of them in Marseilles.
I have three kinds of wood, walnut, chestnut and pine, for the frames.”
Today Van Gogh frames and prints are available in a variety of formats. From ornate wood frames gilded in gold to glossy black Rococo wood frames to modern gallery float frames Van Gogh prints and posters can be framed to go with any style. The selection of types of prints is also extensive. Fine art prints on high quality paper are widely available. Giclée prints are created with fine ink jet printing to produce vivid colors and outstanding print quality. Van Gogh reproductions are even available as hand transferred prints on stretched canvas and wall tapestries made on Jacquard looms.
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Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 3 June 1883 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, published in The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh, Publisher: Bulfinch, 1991, number 288. URL: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/12/288.htm.
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 8 October 1888 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, published in The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh, Publisher: Bulfinch, 1991, number 546. URL: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/18/546.htm.
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 8 October 1888 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, published in The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh, Publisher: Bulfinch, 1991, number 547. URL: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/18/547.htm.