Vincent van Gogh, 1888 - The mousme - fine art print

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Original artwork description from the museum's website (© - National Gallery of Art - National Gallery of Art)

The intention and determination that inform Van Gogh's art can be obscured by the sensational legends that have arisen about his life. The artist's correspondence, particularly from his brief mature period of 1888 to 1890, contradicts popular lore and attests to the deliberateness, sensitivity, and integrity of his work.

On July 29, 1888, Van Gogh wrote his younger brother Theo, an art dealer in a Parisian gallery, that "if you know what a 'mousmé' is (you will know when you have read Loti's Madame Chrysanthème), I have just painted one. It took me a whole week...but I had to reserve my mental energy to do the mousmé well." Van Gogh’s literary source was a popular novel from the period, whose story of a French man’s affair with a Japanese girl reflected the French fascination with Japanese culture. One of the book’s protagonists, a young, pretty Japanese girl, was called a mousmé in the author’s parlance, which Van Gogh took as his inspiration for this portrait of a young Provençale girl. The carefully modeled face and the vigorous linear patterns of bold complementary colors that describe the girl are stylistic devices that express Van Gogh's sympathetic response to his young sitter. In several descriptions of the painting Van Gogh mentioned the oleander buds in her hand. The significance of the flowers is unclear but may be related to the artist's pantheistic beliefs in natural cycles of birth and renewal.

Van Gogh wrote that La Mousmé was one of a group of portrait studies that were "the only thing in painting that excites me to the depths of my soul, and which makes me feel the infinite more than anything else."

(Museum: National Gallery of Art)

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In 1888 the male Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh painted the work of art named "The mousme". The version of the masterpiece was made with the following size: 73,3 x 60,3 cm. Oil on canvas was used by the European painter as the medium of the work of art. Today, the artwork is included in the National Gallery of Art's digital collection. With courtesy of - National Gallery of Art, Washington (licensed: public domain).: . The alignment of the digital reproduction is in portrait format and has a side ratio of 1 : 1.2, meaning that the length is 20% shorter than the width. Vincent van Gogh was a painter, botanical illustrator, printmaker, drawer, whose art style can be attributed mainly to Post-Impressionism. The artist lived for 37 years and was born in 1853 in Zundert, North Brabant, Netherlands and passed away in 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, Ile-de-France, France.

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  • Canvas: A printed canvas, not to be confused with an artwork painted on a canvas, is a digital copy printed directly on cotton canvas. A canvas has a exclusive impression of three dimensionality. How do I hang a canvas on the wall? A canvas print has the advantage of being relatively low in weight, which means that it is easy to hang the Canvas print without the support of extra wall-mounts. A canvas print is suitable for all kinds of walls.
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Artist information

Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Also known as: Fan-kao, 梵高, Van-Gog Vint︠s︡ent, ビンセントゴッホ, v. van gogh, Vincent van Gogh, Fan-ku, Gogh Vincent-Willem van, גוך וינסנט ואן, Fan'gao, van Gogh Vincent, גוג וינסנט ואן, van gogh, Fangu, Gogh Vincent Willem van, Gogh Vincent van, Fangu Wensheng, Gogh, j. van gogh, ゴッホ
Gender of the artist: male
Nationality of artist: Dutch
Professions of the artist: drawer, painter, botanical illustrator, printmaker
Country of origin: the Netherlands
Classification of the artist: modern artist
Styles: Post-Impressionism
Lifetime: 37 years
Born: 1853
Born in (place): Zundert, North Brabant, Netherlands
Year died: 1890
Died in (place): Auvers-sur-Oise, Ile-de-France, France

Structured information on the artpiece

Title of the work of art: "The mousme"
Classification of the work of art: painting
Art classification: modern art
Century: 19th century
Created in: 1888
Artwork age: more than 130 years old
Original medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions of the original work of art: 73,3 x 60,3 cm
Museum / location: National Gallery of Art
Museum location: Washington D.C., United States of America
Museum website: National Gallery of Art
License type: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

Item details

Print categorization: wall art
Method of reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Manufaturing technique: UV print / digital printing
Production: manufactured in Germany
Stock type: production on demand
Intended product usage: art reproduction gallery, wall picture
Orientation of the artwork: portrait alignment
Side ratio: length : width - 1 : 1.2
Interpretation: the length is 20% shorter than the width
Materials available: metal print (aluminium dibond), canvas print, poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) sizes: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47", 150x180cm - 59x71"
Poster print (canvas paper): 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Aluminium print size variants: 50x60cm - 20x24", 100x120cm - 39x47"
Frame: no frame

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