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Get your butt to Provence. Van Gogh’s 1889

Get your butt to Provence. Van Gogh’s 1889 ‘Moonrise’ will recur on 7/13.. Apparently, there’s this ‘Metonic Cycle.’

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Anonymous CowardJul 10, 2003 at 12:17AM

Well shit. I though that Moonrise was a painting of a sunset too...

yuriJul 10, 2003 at 2:13PM

Was this painting originally entitled "Moonrise" or is this the name they gave it after the discovery? I'm interested to know what Van Gogh named it... you'd think he'd know what he was seeing, no? Well, perhaps not with all the absinthe and Dr. Gachet's wierdass prescribed medications running through his little body.

jkottkeJul 10, 2003 at 2:32PM

I don't know what Van Gogh named the painting, but if I ever paint anything, I'm going to call it "Absinthe and Dr. Gachet's Wierdass".

greg.orgJul 10, 2003 at 11:04PM

sounds like a band. I'm sure the van Gogh mullahs would never let some astronomer interloper rename a painting.

According to this more detailed article, art historians in the '30s identified the painting as the 'Moonrise' van Gogh mentioned in a letter to his brother.

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