With the Montblanc Masters of Art Homage to Vincent van Gogh Limited Edition 161, Montblanc celebrates Vincent van Gogh, one of the most popular painters of the late 19th century. This edition especially emphasizes his time in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Auvers-sur-Oise with design details reflecting among others his last work he created, Tree Roots. In Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh perfected his ability to paint natural scenes as viewed through the lens of his emotions. Wheatfield and Cypresses is one such painting, showing an impetuous sky over a landscape full of movement. Van Gogh painted this view from the asylum in Saint-Rémy three times. His drawing of the same view, made with pencil, reed-pen and pen and ink, is interpreted in the engraving on the Ag 925 sterling silver cap. The engraved 1890 on the barrel ring - next to Vincent's signature in blue - commemorates the year he drew his last painting, Tree Roots. The Ag 925 sterling silver barrel is decorated with lacquer inlays derived in their design and colors from Tree Roots, which depicts a group of trees with their roots exposed by erosion on the side of a hill.
Van Gogh developed a looser, freer style and becoming equally competent with brush and palette knife – which he used for chunky, impetuous “impasto” work. His palette knife inspired the clip, while his sweeping brushwork is immortalized in the lacquer of the cap top. Furthermore, his fondness for pipe smoking, to which he referred in many of his self-portraits, is captured in a subtle detail of the clip: the upper part is shaped like a pipe’s bowl and decorated with a Citrine. As homage for Vincent's fascination of traditional Japanese woodblock prints, the overall shape is inspired by a Japanese woodcutting knife. The way that Van Gogh found inspiration in Japanese art demonstrates the universality of art and artistic concepts such as the Golden Cut, or 1.61 (Phi), which not only served as inspiration for the embossing of the Phi symbol on the handcrafted, solid Au 750 gold nib, but also for the limitation to 161 pieces.
Van Gogh’s many creative impulses are symbolized in the facets of blue lacquer crowning the cap top. Embedded in this blue field like one of Vincent’s bright stars – an image found repeatedly in his works – is the Montblanc emblem in solid Au 750 signature gold. With signature gold and/or signature gold-coating, Montblanc evokes the enlightened shade of yellow gold which has become an appreciated tone for the Maison’s writing instruments.
Nib Material: 18k gold
Filling Mechanism: Piston
|Collection||Masters of Art|
|Body Material||Lacquer & Silver
|Limited Edition||Yes (161)
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