Van Gogh: Up Close

Final day to win a copy of our new book 'Van Gogh: Up Close'!

Thursday, 01 March 2012

How well do you know Van Gogh's paintings? To celebrate the publication of Van Gogh: Up Close, our new book exploring Van Gogh’s use of detail, we're giving away a free copy to the entrant that can identify three Van Gogh paintings from close-ups alone. All this week we have been using Twitter and this website to post three close-ups of Van Gogh's work. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and tweet us the names of the paintings, or keep an eye on this website and email us with the three correct answers. We have now posted all three images, so you have until 5pm to enter... good luck!

Monday's Image

Van Gogh Competition: 1

Tuesday's Image

Van Gogh Competition: 2

Wednesday's Image

Van Gogh Competition, 3

The winner will be selected at random from the list of entrants who correctly identify all three paintings. All answers must be emailed or tweeted by 5pm on Thursday 1 March. The winner will be announced on Friday.

More about 'Van Gogh: Up Close'

This sumptuously illustrated book offers a completely new way of looking at the art of Vincent van Gogh, by exploring the artist's approach to nature through his innovative use of the close-up view. Focusing on the last years of the artist's career - from 1886 until his death in July 1890 - an international team of leading scholars in the field examines Van Gogh's radical approach to the close-up and sets it in the context of contemporary and historical references, such as his hitherto unrecognized use of photography and his fascination with the Old Masters and with Japanese art and culture.

One hundred key paintings dating from his arrival in Paris in 1886 to the end of his career, show how Van Gogh experimented with unusual visual angles and the decorative use of colour, cropping, and the flattening of his compositions. In some paintings he zoomed in on a tuft of grass or a single budding iris, while depicting shifting views of a field or garden in others.

Van Gogh: Up Close not only reveals how these paintings became the most radical and innovative in the artist's body of work but also demonstrates that, far from being a spontaneous or undisciplined artist, Van Gogh was well aware of the history of art and was highly conscious of his efforts to break new ground with his work.