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Van Gogh said he wanted to depict peasants as they really were. He deliberately chose coarse and ugly models, thinking that they would be natural and unspoiled in his finished work: "You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labor and — that they have thus honestly earned their food. I wanted it to give the idea of a wholly different way of life from ours — civilized people. So I certainly don’t want everyone just to admire it or approve of it without knowing why."

We both studied at the dutch royal academy of arts. I must admit I am quite glad that both of us still have our ears because they are kind of nifty at holding up your sun glasses.


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ROUGH DEMO OF CUTLERY "VINCENT"
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De aardappeleters april 1885
CUTLERY SERIES "VINCENT"

Van Gogh is often associated in people's minds with the Impressionist movement but in fact his artistic roots lay much closer to home in the artists of the Hague School such as Anton Mauve and Jozef Israëls.

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