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August 30, 2013

2013-08-28 Van Goghs box (2)

From Tami

This weekend I attended a lecture at the Getty entitled “Bringing the Loom to Life: An Introduction to Van Gogh’s Weavers”.  What I learned was that Van Gogh’s Loom with Weaver,1884 began his study of color mixing – mostly browns for the weaver studies – that ended 5 years later with the riot of color in the paintings of his last years (Irises etc.)  It seems one resource for color reference was his Chinese lacquered box filled with colored yarns.  Yellow yarn neatly entwined with blue,red yarn, intertwined with yellow.  Based on knowledge gleaned from the Gobelin’s Tapestry designers – yarns of primary colors set against each other will resonate secondary and tertiary colors.


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