I do n’t know if this is a destiny or a sadness. Many great artists who have influenced history to this day have become famous only after their death. Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent William Van Gogh ( Vincent Willem van Gogh) is one such example. In his short life, he only sold one painting. Maybe it was an option. Van Gogh was born in 1853. There was not much intersection between his early career and painting (although there were many relatives in the prestigious Van Gogh family who were engaged in painting transactions, and Van Gogh also experienced it), until In 1879, he preached in the mining area after the incredible dismissal of the church, and suffered many blows of love since then. He lost faith in God and life and continued to live in different cities. Painting gave Van Gogh a new direction. From 1880 At the beginning, Van Gogh’s painting career really started, until the end of life.
Self-portrait of Van Gogh cut off one ear at the end of 1888
At this time, in another part of Europe, a workshop that was also obsessed with its own thoughts, relying on the founder’s self-learning and invention, created a legend of the era, which is Jaeger-LeCoultre. In the middle of the 19th century, the Swiss watch industry had not yet reached the scale of the world’s watch giants. The watch still needed to rely on several small family workshops to OEM and finally assemble it. The first time was founder Antoine LeCoultre and his son Elie. Bringing local watchmakers together to exchange and share their craftsmanship, this model allows watchmaking technology to grow rapidly. Patents and inventions introduced by watchmaker Antoine LeCoultre have further promoted the development of the workshop, from the traditional family style In the workshop, Jaeger-LeCoultre gradually expanded into a ‘big workshop’ with hundreds of artisans. Since then, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s continuous development in watchmaking technology and the exploration of super complex structures have made Jaeger-LeCoultre known worldwide.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Art Workshop
One is an artist who lived in the middle and late 19th century but had a profound impact on the western art world of the 20th century. One was a watchmaking workshop that was born in the early 19th century but made outstanding contributions to the history of world mechanical timekeeping. There have been no intersections in the hundreds of years of time. When Jaeger-LeCoultre gradually realized the importance of art to culture, Jaeger-LeCoultre decisively devoted himself to artistic creation and artistic heritage, so they had close contact again and again in this era.
Van Gogh in The Sunflower
In 2015, the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death, a wave of tribute to Van Gogh’s art was set up around the world. Van Gogh’s works were displayed in multiple countries through multimedia, including China. The Van Gogh Museum, the capital of the Van Gogh’s home country, Amsterdam, is dedicated to this memorable moment, combining multiple structures to organize commemorative events in countries where Van Gogh lived, such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Through the Jaeger-LeCoultre important partner, the famous jewelry and watchmaker Gasssn family in the Netherlands, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Van Gogh Museum have launched an unprecedented cooperation, using Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflower’ painting as a prototype, launched a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse limited edition commemorative watch.
Van Gogh “ Sunflower ”
Van Gogh created nearly 2,200 works in his lifetime, and more than ten sunflower-themed works. From mid 1888 to early 1889, Van Gogh was fascinated by sunflowers in the Arles region in southern France. The color of sunlight and the vitality of the flower gave him a lot of spiritual comfort. After 1885, he was inspired by the vivid and bold use of colors by Ukiyo-e and the Paris Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, gradually abandoning the previously extremely gloomy dark colors and turning to bright colors. In 1888, he painted a lot of handed down works. It was during this period that he painted sunflowers. Until he entered the mental hospital in 1889, he painted sunflowers many times. The bright colors of ‘Sunflower’ show a spirit of sunshine. He used these paintings to decorate his living environment in the ‘yellow house’ and whitewash himself with colors.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse ‘Sunflower’
Jaeger-LeCoultre chose the oil painting of ‘Sunflower’ on the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands as the blueprint for the creation. The enamel master of the brand art workshop carefully prepared for this, using the most difficult micro-painting enamel technique to try to make the This work is reproduced on the Eclipse dial. Reverso à Eclipse is an unusual special art watch series in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso series. In 2006, Jaeger-LeCoultre specially produced this unique series to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Reverso series. It can be opened through the wheel at 2 o’clock And close the shutter-type dial, and can be fully opened, fully closed, and half open, etc., to show the magic of magic dial. Since then, the theme of this series of watches has become increasingly rich, and has become a very representative art series of Reverso and even Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Jaeger-LeCoultre à Eclipse ‘Sunflower’ themed watch is made of 18K rose gold case, limited to 5 pieces in total, using the Jaeger-LeCoultre ultra-thin small circular manual movement Calibre 849, which is only 1.85 mm thick and 35 hours Move storage. The use of such a small movement is to allow more space for the 192 parts of the shutter dial and the enamel dial. In this unique enamel dial, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s enamel masters need to fire the bottom white enamel on the metal platter several times and then use a small brush to use different colors of enamel glaze as ‘paint ‘On such a small dial, the’ Sunflower ‘was micro-painted according to the proportion of the original, and fired several times. As the original works are oil paintings, the differences in brush strokes and great troubles for the micro-painted enamel, the enamel master needs to carefully handle every detail in order to reproduce the original style in the form of enamel.
Van Gogh’s self-portrait
In 2016, Jaeger-LeCoultre ushered in the 85th anniversary of the launch of the Reverso series. Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Van Gogh Museum once again cooperated, taking the famous self-portrait of Van Gogh as the source of the Reverso à Eclipse watch, and launched a Reverso à Eclipse watch again. . Self-portrait is an important part of Van Gogh’s paintings. The expressions and postures of his paintings are reproduced through painting. The painting selected by Jaeger-LeCoultre is a work by Van Gogh from 1887 to 1888, when he was about to leave. From Paris, head to France. This painting is the standard format of the standard self-portrait of the painter, which is similar to the self-portrait of Rembrandt’s ‘Painter in front of the easel’ and Cezanne’s self-portrait.
Van Gogh’s Self Portrait
After completing this self-portrait, Van Gogh wrote to his very close sister and gave a detailed description of the self-portrait. The grayish red face, wrinkles on the corners of his mouth and forehead, and green eyes, The beard is very red, messy like it hasn’t been trimmed for a long time, it makes people look frustrated and so on. Later, he wrote in the letter that this is no longer the case in reality, without beard and hair, and the clothes are not blue. All the descriptions show Van Gogh’s character as a post-impressionist artist-what he paints is not what he sees, but what he thinks about, that dullness. It has been processed by him, and it also reflects his thoughts on identity, spirit and living conditions.
Jaeger-LeCoultre recreates Van Gogh classic paintings with micro-painted enamel
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso à Eclipse Van Gogh Self-Portrait Watch
After experiencing the control of Van Gogh paintings by the Reverso à Eclipse series in 2015, and the successful experience of the series in the world famous paintings in the past 10 years, this Reverso à Eclipse watch was again made with a very detailed micro-painting enamel process. Presented this self-portrait by Van Gogh. Under the creation of micro-painted enamel, the blue collarless tooling worn by Van Gogh in the painting, the color on the paint plate, the brush in his hand, the easel, and his red messy beard, forehead and wrinkles on the mouth were all one by one. It shows that even the textures brought by oil painting are shown as fully as possible. Only superb enamel craftsmanship can manage such difficult miniature paintings.
The new 2016 Reverso à Eclipse Van Gogh Self-Portrait Watch is limited to 4 pieces. It is also equipped with the classic small manual Calibre 849. The watch is made of platinum and each sells for 101,000 euros ($ 110,000). It is on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Starry Night on the Rhone and Starry Sky by Van Gogh
Of course, the close contact between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Van Gogh’s works is not limited to the Reverso à Eclipse series. Based on Jaeger-LeCoultre’s extraordinary craftsmanship combined with high-level mechanical watchmaking technology, Jaeger-LeCoultre is based on Van Gogh’s famous painting ‘Starry Night on the Rhône River’ as a model based on the masterpiece of three-questionable timepieces. ‘Starry Night on the Rhône River’ was created in 1888. In the dark blue sky lined with cold tones, the reflection of the lake lights dotted with bright yellow, the strong contrast shows the tranquility of the night, although the blue starry sky is very deep, the picture on the right In the lower corner, an old couple walks along the lake. The scene of peace and tranquility brings warmth and tranquility to the heart.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Classic Master Series ‘Starry Night on the Rhone’ Minute Repeater
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Classic Master Series Minute Repeater Watch chooses such a picture, which brings more vividness to the picture through the sound of the watch’s triple question. The watch is made of 18K gold and is limited to 18 pieces. The built-in movement has 437 parts. Under the exquisite depiction of micro-painted enamel, this Van Gogh painting is once again expressively condensed in a dial with a diameter of 39 mm, and the details still follow the painting. People can’t help but marvel at the subtlety and excellence of Jaeger-LeCoultre enamel craftsmanship.
However, how can Van Gogh’s most famous painting be less famous, ‘Starry Sky’, which was created by Van Gogh during the treatment of the sanitarium, this painting fully reflects the abstract style shown by Impressionism, completely distorted The starry sky and swirling night sky express the melancholy and psychedelic of Van Gogh’s spiritual world at this time. The deep cyan blue is one of Van Gogh’s favorite colors. Orange, bright yellow, and dark black are ordinary people who think that the beautiful starry sky is incomprehensible, but this is the starry sky in Van Gogh’s mind at the time. As a result, Jaeger-LeCoultre reduced this representative painting by Van Gogh, using the micro-painted enamel technique, and reproduced it in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Tourbillon watch. The 18K white gold case, built-in 978 automatic Winding movement, limited to 18 watches.
Summary: Genius is only separated from the lunatic. Van Gogh’s most successful work was actually completed in a state of spiritual distress. The actual suffering caused him to fall into the valley of spiritual despair too early. Let him find a new hope, but in the end did not let him get rid of the reality. Van Gogh’s work deeply influenced the art history of the West in the 20th century, and even today we still have a lot of inspiration. Jaeger-LeCoultre, which also came from time and space in the 19th century, brought a dialogue across artistic boundaries with superb enamel art and mechanical watchmaking techniques, and brought new vitality to Van Gogh’s paintings in new forms.