Sunday, February 22, 2009

Starry Starry Night

"Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds and violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue."

I've always been drawn to Van Gogh's paintings. Maybe it's the brilliant way he makes use of color, the way he exaggerates an object to make it magically display emotion,... or it could be that the individuals his paintings are all wearing wooden shoes. I'm not really sure what the reason is, but then again, there really doesn't have to be one.

The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has a nice collection of his works, although the majority of the museum displays the work of artists who inspired him, or were inspired of him. The Museum d'Orsay in Paris, which my mom and I were fortunate to visit in August, houses some of his most famous works, along with those of other impressionistic artists. There's something special about seeing a painters original piece of art. To vividly see the brush strokes and the amount of paint applied gives an even greater sense of admiration for the artist in making use of their God given talent.

So, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the "Van Gogh and the colours of the night" exhibit that is currently on display at the Van Gogh museum. Paintings of his were flown in from all around the world which were in the dusk to dawn theme. It was an excellent exhibit, and (although I am no art historian or expert in the field of anything related to art) it's one worth booking a flight to Amsterdam in order to see.

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