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National Gallery of Canada Van Gogh Exhibition
From now until September 3rd, 2012, a collection of 40 Van Gogh paintings can be seen at the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition includes both private and public works, and is the first major exhibition to be seen in Canada in 25+ years. A collaborate effort of the National Gallery and Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition includes a wide array of the artwork of the Dutch artist and does include some of his woodblock prints.
The main theme of the exhibition is Van Gogh’s love of nature. Many of these works on display were painted after the artist arrived in Paris, France and was exposed to new styles of painting. After viewing impressionism and neo-impressionism, the painting style of the artist was forever changed. The use of brighter hues and an intense focus on the subject matter are noted in works created during this time period. It was during this time that Van Gogh started to gain interest in Japanese art. His woodblock prints are a prime example of his fascination with the often unusual use of color and visual angles used by Japanese artists.
The memory of Van Gogh often includes his artwork, his mental illness, and his ultimate suicide. However, it is important to note that Van Gogh was very well educated and did have an excellent grasp of art history. He was extremely well-read, and was able to speak three languages. Guided tours provide not only information about each work, but information about Van Gogh himself.
There are a host of lectures and events planned around the exhibition. These include lectures, plays, music, films, and more. The majority of these are open to the general public and are offered at no cost. Other extras include “Letters To Van Gogh” which offers you the change to compose a letter to the artist and read what others have written, and Artissimo kiosk activities for children. Each of these are included with the price of admission.
Tickets for the exhibition may be purchased online at the National Gallery of Canada website .Adult tickets cost $25 each, with tickets for seniors priced at $22, and tickets for youths and students priced at $10-$15. There is no cost for children under the age of 12. Tickets must be purchased for a specific date and time and are therefore subject to being sold out at any time. The exhibition is open each day from 10am to 6pm, with the one exception being Thursday when the exhibition can be viewed until 8pm.
Date: July 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm- by Leslie Miller- Posted in Arts & Culture and tagged national gallery of canada, van gogh canada, van gogh exhibition- Comment(s): 0