Saturday, October 12, 2013

Van Gogh Repetitions exhibit

the road menders
I just returned from the excellent exhibit (that just opened this morning) at the Phillips Collection (a private museum in DC not affected by the crazy shutdown.) Wow! Come and see it if you can.

 "Van Gogh Repetitions takes a fresh look at the artistic process of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). While recognized for the intensity and speed with which he painted, the artist could also work with careful deliberation, creating numerous versions of some of his most famous subjects. The first exhibition in Phillips Collection history devoted to the artist, Van Gogh Repetitions goes beneath the surface of some of his best-known paintings to examine how and why he repeated certain compositions during his 10-year career, inviting viewers to look more closely than ever before at van Gogh’s celebrated works.
Featuring 35 paintings and works on paper and examples of 13 repetitions, the exhibition is the first to focus on van Gogh’s “repetitions”—a term the artist used to describe his practice of creating more than one version of a particular subject. He often began by sketching a person or landscape rapidly from life. Back in the studio, he would repeat the subject, reworking and refining his idea on a fresh canvas, in some cases many times, to extract the essence of a motif.
Van Gogh Repetitions is inspired by The Road Menders (1889) in The Phillips Collection and a painting of the same subject, The Large Plane Trees (1889), in The Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibition reunites the two masterpieces—never before seen together in Washington—and invites deep, focused study of the similarities and differences between them, revealing some surprising facts about van Gogh’s process and motivation. Changes among repetitions are also explored in van Gogh’s series of portraits of his friend Joseph Roulin and Roulin’s family. The exhibition also highlights the artist’s practice of repeating work by other artists, including Paul Gaugin. Created in significant locales in the Netherlands and in France, including Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy, and Auvers, the works in the exhibition reveal the vitality and persistence of this method across van Gogh’s career.
The exhibition brings together portraits and landscapes from some of the world’s most renowned collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo; and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, including The Bedroom at Arles (1889), are also showcased alongside paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by artists van Gogh admired, including Gaugin, Honoré Daumier, and Rembrandt van Rijn, to create a richer, more meaningful picture of his personal life and artistic production.

The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection and The Cleveland Museum of Art."

*excerpt from The Phillips Collection
the large plane trees
 *note on the government shutdown- day 12 
The forced close down of the government affects many innocent people, pawns in the government's folly. This is not what the people want, but they have no choice. My husband (a scientist/cancer researcher) continues to work without pay. While the Congress continues to receive paychecks. Hmmmmm.
I couldn't keep silent any longer. This craziness makes my brain steam.


Eden Compton Pastels and Oils said...

Great post Loriann! I just saw the ad for this yesterday and plan on going . . . if it ever stops raining and if I can find a mass transit way of getting there from Annapolis!

Donna T said...

I would love to see those paintings in person, Loriann! I'm glad you were able to experience them.
(there are brains steaming all over this country!)

loriann signori said...

Hi Eden,
I think you will enjoy it. Good luck getting there!

Hi Donna...maybe you should come visit the ol' homestead.