“Becoming Van Gogh” at the Denver Art Museum!

by midlifecrisisqueen on November 1, 2012

I was lucky enough to experience a globally exclusive Van Gogh exhibit yesterday at the Denver Art Museum! 

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.

In just over a decade, Van Gogh produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

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!

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Tammy November 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

Van Gogh had such a tragically sad life.Never did he realize his potential. He painted so many paintings, as he sold then for rent and food. As you know, his demise was speculative. I have to wonder how many peeps today produce greatness in their field but have not idea how wonderful they are. Something to think about.

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