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By Lida Prypchan
In most books about how to improve memory the authors depict memory as a file with many drawers where we can classify and select what will go in each. We memorize something in a better or worse way, depending on the favorable or unfavorable impression that it produces in us. How can we not be interested...

By Lida Prypchan
Years of sketching and studying the work of the artists that inspired him led to Vincent van Gogh’s foray into oil painting. Yet his first oil works have less in common with the work van Gogh is most famous for and more in common with the somber colors, tones, and lines of the sketching habits he...

By Lida Prypchan
After a bit of persuasion, French neo-impressionist painter, Paul Gauguin, joined Vincent van Gogh at the Yellow House in Arles in October of 1888. Vincent had high hopes for a future partnership for the pair. Ultimately, Vincent wanted Paul to join him in setting up an artist’s colony and school,...

By Lida Prypchan
Although it appears that the two months between the arrival of Paul Gauguin at Arles and his time with Vincent van Gogh were largely two of the happiest months of van Gogh’s life, by December 23, 1888, it had ended in disaster. Whether precipitated by an argument with Gauguin, his feelings of inadequacy...

By Lida Prypchan
At 29 years old, in January of 1882, after a second spurred marriage proposal combined with his subsequent loss of faith, Vincent van Gogh moved to The Hague to pursue a career in art, as a peasant painter. He studied the works of Jean-François Millet, a French painter noted for his illustrations of...

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