Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Edvard Munch : Van Gogh)

Forerunners in expressionism and impressionism respectively, of similar mindsets, exhibiting Van Gogh and Munch conjointly is not so far-fetched as it may seem. 
I found Munch's work of extremely uneven quality, however, and we went mainly to see 'The Scream', which seldom leaves its Oslo headquarters. It was a bit of a letdown, if truth be told : Though the image is powerful, the pastel on cardboard does it less justice than the reproductions, heightened in colour.

The rest of the Van Gogh Museum, though, was absolutely brilliant! 
A crushing amount of paintings (over 200!) from a mere decade of work of a supremely talented artist, displayed by chronology and - as it happens - geography, enriched by works of contemporary artists (mostly French, mostly Van Gogh's buddies and colleagues; Gauguin, Pissarro, Millet...). 

Wonderful giftshop, as well... Loved it!

Vincent Van Gogh, Bedroom, 1888

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