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Researchers in the Netherlands and the U.S. have used discriminative dictionary learning techniques to study and classify the brush strokes in historical artworks, specifically those created by Vincent van Gogh. Ultimately, the aim is to find a way to carry out the automatic classification of an ink drawing based on the type of stroke used by the artist.
Rosaleena Mohanty and William Sethares of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have worked with colleagues Teio Meedendorp and Louis van Tilborgh of the Van Gogh Museum, in Amsterdam and discuss details of their research in the International Journal of Arts and Technology.
Letter - Gogh - Drawings - Root - Everything
In a letter written in 1883, van Gogh stated that "drawings are the root of everything". Indeed, he drew a variety of images with ink and pencil strokes and these can be seen clearly and distinctly in his work: cross-hatchings, dots, vertical, horizontal, blunt, curved strokes, some long, some short, some...
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