Sketchbook # 14: Thaddeus Radell

Study for Vincent I

 

Good Morning, Mr Radell!

I’m wondering if Bonjour, Monsieur Corbet was the first iteration of this theme and we know Van Gogh did see it because he visited the Bruyas Collection (as he mentions in the letters, but not that particular painting.)

Van Gogh did not portray himself with the sass that Courbet had, nor with the patron either: his painter is a workman very like a sower.
He wrote, “there’s a quick sketch I made of myself laden with boxes, sticks, a canvas, on the sunny Tarascon road.”*

I’m touched by Radell’s empathy, for the search, the uncertainty, the burden, the loneliness — and for the bravery in going out to paint the world, sans patron, of course.

—CNQ

*726: to Theo Van Gogh, Arles, Monday,17 or Tuesday,18 December, 1888

 

Study for Vincent II

 

Study for Vincent III

 

Study for Vincent IV

 

Study for Vincent V

 

Study for Vincent VI

 

Study for Vincent VII

 

Study for Vincent VIII

 

Study for Vincent IX

 

Study for Vincent XIII

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