Vincent van Gogh Coloring Book
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) is often considered a tragic figure, yet he could be delightfully amusing. Writing to his sister Willemina from Provence, the artist offered a self-portrait in prose: "My complexion has changed from green-greyish-pink to greyish-orange . . . and I am always very dusty, always more bristlingly loaded like a porcupine, with sticks, painter's easel, canvases and further merchandise. Only the green eyes have remained the same." One can just picture the man-porcupine trundling along a country road, on his way to paint a sunny harvest landscape. Though he spent it in poverty and poor health, that first summer in the south of France may have been the happiest period in a life often disrupted by anxiety and disappointment. Two years later, this extraordinary man was laid to rest in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village northwest of Paris.
On the inside front and back covers of this coloring book you'll find twenty-one reproductions of Van Gogh's paintings. When you color in the line drawings, you might want to copy colors from the original works, or you might decide to use a color scheme all your own.
We've left the last two pages of this book blank in case you, like Van Gogh, might be inspired to draw and color your own vase full of flowers, a starlit sky seen from your window, or a portrait of someone you hold dear.
A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, 1889
Thatched Cottages at Cordeville, Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890
Olive Trees, 1889
The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet, 1890
Terrace of a Cafe at Night (Place du Forum), 1888
Portrait of Patience Escalier, 1888
Landscape at Auvers after Rain, 1890
The Starry Night, 1889
Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890
Flower Beds in Holland, c. 1883
Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles, 1889
Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890
Still Life of Oranges and Lemons with Blue Gloves, 1889
Farmhouse in Provence, 1888
La Mousme, 1888
Le cafe de nuit (The Night Cafe), 1888
Soft cover book with staple binding.
48 pages with 21 images to color.
Size: 8½ x 11 in.
Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.
Realistic coloring books for the serious crayon enthusiast! Even your older kids will enjoy this series. Line drawings of works by these famous artists are to be colored with pencil or crayon by your own young artists. Let them experiment with different media and techniques, or try to recreate the original then frame it in your learning space. Inside the front and back covers are color prints of the 22 paintings. Use these to recreate the masterpieces, or use your own colors and see how they compare to the original. In comparison to the Color Your Own Masterpieces collection, this set has a more simplistic outline of the original art. Color Your Own... is more detailed overall, but the series contains more books with compilations of multiple artists while this series offers more artist-specific books. I would say to choose by the artists or periods you want to study. Both brands are quite good. ~ Sara