If you get a chance, do not miss this amazing collection of Van Gogh drawings and paintings covering most of his life as an artist, available through January 20, 2013. The curators did such a GREAT job with this one!
Dead at age 37 possibly by suicide, this Dutch post-impressionist artist, noted for his ability to include emotional honesty, rough beauty, and bold bright colors, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.
After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, Van Gogh began painting in his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life.
The reason this particular exhibit is so original and unique, is the care the curators have taken to educate you, the viewer, to truly understand the many stages Van Gogh went through to achieve such success in his last years of life.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853, and as a child, Vincent was serious, silent and thoughtful. In an 1883 letter to his brother Theo he wrote, “My youth was gloomy and cold and sterile.” After failing at a number of vocations as a teacher, a pastor and a missionary, Vincent decided to work on becoming an artist around 1883. This exhibit shows exactly how he worked at this, and no, it didn’t just come naturally!
Although he had always enjoyed drawing, it was only later in his life that Van Gogh accepted his true vocation, got additional training, and finally embraced his own area of genius. I for one am so glad he did!