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In Paris, Vincent was in the very epicenter of modern art, and he took the opportunity to  study with Fernand Cormon, at whose studio he met some members of the  Impressionist circle, including Emile Bernard, who later became a close friend. Theo's  position in the commercial art world afforded Vincent the chance to see the latest  Impressionist exhibitions and to speak with many of the Impressionist artists whom  Theo represented, including Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, and Pissarro, many of whom  frequented the art shop of Pere Tanguy, a local hang-out for the Paris avant-garde.  Vincent was able to trade his paintings for other artists' work, and an art dealer even  took a few of his paintings, but he still could not sell anything. Influenced by the  Japanese prints he was able to see in Paris, in 1887 Vincent began settling on portraits  (including self-portraits) and flowers as subjects, hoping to improve his use of color. In Paris, Vincent's psychiatric health began its decline, and the dark side of his 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course ART 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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