The painting is unsigned, and had been previously been dismissed by the Van Gogh Museum in the 1990s. With the development of improved investigative techniques a two-year investigation was launched to determine the painting’s authenticity, eventually determining it as a true Van Gogh in September 2013. It was discovered that the painting was described in a letter to Theo, stating he had painted it the previous day, 4 July 1888.
It is the first full-size painting by Van Gogh to be discovered since 1928.
I can’t tell you how freakin excited this makes me. I hope to someday see it in person because standing in front of one of his paintings is seriously one of the most sublime and ethereal experiences I’ve ever had. I have literally spent hours in the West Pavillion of the Getty staring at Irises.
"…to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”
Just some background stuff, Ivan the Terrible was the Tsar of Russia for most of the 16th Century. In I think 1581, he caught his daughter-in-law wearing ‘immodest clothing in front of everyone’ and struck her. She was apparently pregnant and she may or may not have had a miscarriage because of it.
Ivan’s son and the girl’s husband, also named Ivan after his father, hears about it and gets into a really heated argument with his father that ends with Ivan the Terrible taking a swing at his son with his pointed staff. It’s said that he immediately fell down and kissed his son’s face, pressing his hands against his left temple to try to stop the bleeding. He famously screamed “May I be damned! I’ve killed my son! I’ve killed my son!” His son briefly regained consciousness and his last words were “I die as a devoted son and most humble servant.”
I love all the details. I love the pointed staff lying on the ground and the signs of a fight with the tossed over chair, disturbed carpet, and the door wide open. I love the single tear on Ivan’s face and their position on the floor. This is a really gorgeous but raw depiction of one of the darkest moments in an incredible man’s life. I wish there were more historical paintings like this.
The expression on the elder Ivan’s face! fuck, I really wish I could paint in this classical style… dammit, I’d paint all kinds of weird shit and I’d paint pictures of punx looking like Victorian royalty… gah
this is fucking cool
Fun fact. Ivan Vasilyevich here was known as “The Terrible” because of his victory at the Battle of Astrakhan, not because he was crazy.
Holy shit. I need a copy of this image. It’s… Fuck.
Even though I’m fairly confident that the devil and Jesus are not in an arm wrestling match for my soul, I still think this is a cool picture. Besides, every day is still a constant battle to try to express the moral, good and loving side of me rather than the primitive and even violent side that sometimes tries to rise when I get angered. So I can kind of think of it as more an inward battle of my mind.
Silly photo is silly.
If Jesus = God and God = All Powerful and if Satan < All Powerful, then Satan = mincemeat.
However, the photo does make sense if God = Satan, a concept which does have some scriptural backing.
I once had a dream that the devil came over to my house and made me breakfast.
He started telling me how he wasn’t really the bad guy, later in the dream the devil got all clingy and wanted to hang out with me all the time.
is Jesus always white
Jesus is white, loves guns, hates socialism, believes helping poor people makes them lazy, is against universal healthcare, judges people for being promiscuous, and speaks English.
Don’t you know anything about history?
White Jesus seems to be having a rough time over there.
Black Jesus would have had this wrapped up in a 15 seconds tops.