Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The Real Van Gogh


There's a brilliant exhibition on at the Royal Academy of Art in London's Piccadilly. If you get the chance catch it before if finishes April 18th.
It mainly features some of his letters written to his brother Theo-often containing explanations of his paintings-with quick sketches within the letter of proposed paintings. It's a rare chance to see some of these letters and so many paintings in one place in the UK.
It's very moving to realise his concern for the 'working poor' in the early part of his life when he lived in Belgium-when he was considering going into the Christian ministry. Some of his paintings of people working the fields have amazing vividness although painted with such subdued colours compared to his later work.
How sad to think he had such a short life and died from suicide when only 37 years old.
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