Coincidentally I was the at the Van Gogh Museum the very morning of the press conference. I was in Amsterdam on holidays which would later take me to Berlin, Norway and Iceland. I wish that I'd had the chance to see the new painting with my own eyes--probably the only chance I'll get. But it was decided that I not be asked to join the press conference unfortunately.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Having said that, today’s posting isn’t the most exciting. There are two changes that I’ve just made:
1. Still Life with an Earthen Bowl and Potatoes (F 118) is no longer dated to Nuenen in 1885, but rather to Paris around 1886. This change comes as a result of research undertaken by the Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam. They determined that the pot seen in this painting is actually a pot that would be found specifically in Paris and not Nuenen.
2. Still Life with Scabiosa and Ranunculus (F 666) is no longer part of the collection of the Takahata Gallery in Osaka. Rather it’s now in a private collection. No further details unfortunately.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
"To me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time--the most beloved. His command of colour, the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world . . . . no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived."