Van Gogh Portrait of Daddy Tanguy Van Gogh painted this painting in 1887-1888. Julien Francois Tanguy owned a store that sold things for painters. His clients were not only famous impressionists, but also post-impressionists. Tanguy participated in the Paris Commune. Then he was exiled. The soul of this person is incredibly wide.
For artists in his shop sold all the necessary brushes and paints. Tangi was nicknamed dad for his kindness. Very often, artists did not have the money to buy everything they needed to paint pictures. He agreed to accept the written creations, and in return gave paints and canvas. Tanga even had her own picture gallery, though quite small.
Sometimes part of the paintings were sold. Van Gogh's works were the first to be exhibited by Tanguy. But during the life of Van Gogh, not one of his creations, stored at Tanga, was never sold. The painter created three portraits of Tanga. The most successful was precisely the last portrait. In it, he is maximally idealized. The symbolic meaning is hidden in the image of dad Tanga. We see him in a very characteristic pose of Buddha. His gaze is full of determination, and his face is mathematically symmetrical. The wall, which has a complex structure, is in contrast with the figure.
Before us are real Japanese engravings. They deserved the attention of many contemporaries of Van Gogh. It seems that the whole composition is specially flattened. And Tangi, as it were, is pushed forward. Veins protrude strongly in the arms of Tanga. They contrast very strongly with a blue jacket. The colors of the canvas are so vibrant that Tanga's figure seems as real as possible.
This picture anticipated those magnificent works of the painter, which were created by him much later already in Arles. The riot of colors and masterful color transitions cannot but surprise. The picture seems both real and fabulous at the same time.