Van Gough

Instead of going to any professional workshops at this school psychologist convention this afternoon,
I ducked out and viewed 40 Van Gough masterpieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibit here is the only one in the US on the tour. I was floored at how absorbing it was.
As explained within the hotlinked data about the exhibit above, “This exhibition focuses on these tumultuous years, a period of feverish artistic experimentation that began when van Gogh left Antwerp for Paris in 1886 and continued until his death in Auvers in 1890. Radically altering and often outright abandoning traditional painting techniques, van Gogh created still lifes and landscapes unlike anything that had ever been seen before. ”
The paintings were vibrant with energy, emotion, motion and wonderment. One painting the I believe was entitled “Undergrowth” compelled me to state to myself, ” This is the most compelling painting I have ever seen.
The paintings were accessible, you were allowed to walk right up to them, and experience them from close up, where the individual brush strokes were clearly visible, as were the globs of paint. There was a point I stepped back and had a completely different experience. From further away the paintings leapt off the wall and connected deep within me.
Viewing these painting made me desire to be back in nature again and walking for months.


One thought on “Van Gough

  1. yea verily i did not comprehend the glory and majesty of the dutchman til I stood in front of starry night in nyc and saw the brushstrokes. the colrs, the compositon – those are all “nice enough” but the strokes todally make it!


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