Vincent Van Gogh⁣ Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate')⁣

11/29/2021, 6:13:30 PM
Vincent Van Gogh⁣ Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate')⁣ 1890⁣ “Van Gogh reworked this image several times in his life, based on a series of sketches he made of war veteran Adrianus Jacobus Zuyderland. Van Gogh said that the sight of the old man had moved him to think about life, death, and if there was some higher power.⁣ Writing in his diary, he described the sight of the grieving old man as proof of the existence of “something on high”, calling it “unutterably moving” to see him bent double in sadness and grief.”⁣ Later, in a rare expression of his own religious feelings, Van Gogh wrote expressly about this lithograph and two other drawings also posed by Zuyderland, of an old man reading a Bible and saying grace (below) respectively:⁣ "My intention with these two and with the first old man is one and the same, namely to express the special mood of Christmas and New Year. ... Leaving aside whether or not one agrees with the form, it’s something one respects if it’s sincere, and for my part I can fully share in it and even feel a need for it, at least in the sense that, just as much as an old man of that kind, I have a feeling of belief in something on high even if I don’t know exactly who or what will be there."⁣ Seven impressions of the lithograph are known, of which one is annotated At Eternity's Gate. The same theme is taken up again in two later 1883 studies of a seated woman.”⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #famousartists #famousart #artlegends #masterpieceart #artmasterpieces #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #vincentvangogh #sorrowingoldman #ateternitysgate #vangogh #19thcenturyart #artofgrief #griefart

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