Friday, November 13, 2015

Masterpieces in the Van Gogh Museum

A masterpiece of a book from what I think was the best museum I visited all this year!
Vincent's brother Theo, Theos widow Johanna and their son endeavored to preserve and promote Vincent's work, and accomplished this with as successfully as ever Priscilla Presley, albeit with slightly more taste.

The collection of over 200 paintings was kept together and lent to a museum in the 1930s by Vincent's nephew. The institution that eventually became the Van Gogh Museum also houses a whole heap of letters plus paintings by Van Gogh's contemporaries.

Though Van Gogh's art may be an acquired taste - I know it took me some time to appreciate it - this book is educational for all; short, yet informative, texts commenting on the 100 selected masterpieces, all presented in the same order as at the museum. Geography matching biography, they make for a dazzling journey through Vincent's life, up to its precipitate closure in Arles, after a mere decade of highly productive painting.

 
Wheat-field With A Reaper, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889



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