Recently, I attended an immersive experience that was focused on the art of Vincent Van Gogh. The experience itself was extremely well done and if you have the opportunity I highly recommend that you buy a ticket. Watching the art flow from period to period throughout his wide variety of Art brought to mind the feelings that I always have when looking at his artwork.
His obsession with color, the powerful symbolism that it could represent, and the emotional impact it can invoke in people have a palpable effect on the audience. Surprisingly, it is a quote from the Dr. Who TV show that I feel has best represented his artwork in my mind compared to other studies of his life and creative works.
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 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.Curator Dr. Black, Bill Nighy, Dr. Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”
An Experience that you will not forget
Watching those majestic swirling brushstrokes emerge against the giant canvases also pulled out more of the same narrative and though my daughter may not remember it in the future, I felt privileged to share it with her.
Whispering to her: “Look at the sky. It’s not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact, deep blue. And over there: lighter blue and blowing through the blues and blackness the winds swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through… the stars!
[the sky gradually transforms into van Gogh’s painting Starry Night]
And you see how they roar their light. Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.”
The wonder of artistic expression is not just in the result, but in the very act of its creation, what drives the emergence of an expression of emotion or ideas that are meant to spread to all those that see it.
With the combination of imagery and musical accompaniment the entire experience was entrancing, check out their site for details and location details, well worth the time and money.
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