Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Once in a Lifetime

I had the good fortune to see "Becoming Van Gogh" at the Denver Art Museum with my college-age art student daughter during our Thanksgiving break.  The press on this is that it is only showing in Denver, so it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Both of us were captivated by the journey Van Gogh took during those brief ten years of his artistic development. He was methodical in his approach to learning everything he could about becoming an artist. We were struck by the vibrancy and luminosity of his paintings - which simply cannot be captured in a flat photograph.

One of our favorite paintings by Van Gogh is his Still Life with Basket and Six Oranges.  We returned to this several times to study the intense color and line work.  Truly breathtaking!

Even if you are not a fan of Van Gogh, something can be learned by seeing this exhibit and listening to the audio guided tour.  I encourage you to see it if you can.  While there is no "Starry Night," the exhibit includes work by Van Gogh to showcase his evolution and development as an artist.  There also are several pieces by his contemporaries, including Pissarro and Toulouse-Lautrec.

UPDATE 8/11/16:  Here is a link to www.artsy.net/artist/vincent-van-gogh for more of Vincent!

We will be returning to the Denver Art Museum in a few weeks to go through this exhibit again.  

Thank-you to www.vincent-van-gogh-gallery.org for the image of "Still Life with Basket and Six Oranges."

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