Tuesday, April 22, 2008

National Gallery of Art and Vincent van Gogh

This weekend was a busy one I visted Alexandria Virgina. I can't say enough wonderful things about the city. Its a great place to bike with bike trails along the river. The food is spectacular and the place drips with history. One of the high lights of the trip was a visit to the Torpedo Factory .

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is the highlight of Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. Visit 82 artists' studios, six galleries, two workshops, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Sign up for an art class with The Art League School. Then stroll along the waterfront, shop and sightsee on nearby historic streets, have a picnic on the dock behind the art center, or eat in the area's many fine restaurants. If you are near Alexandria Virgina think about making a stop at the Torpedo Factory.

While in Washing DC I made a visit to the Nationa Gallery of Art. Here I am having an artist conversation with an old friend of mine Vincent van Gogh.
More than a century after his death, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) has become a legend, and his paintings are icons in the popular imagination. Their wide appeal, however, should not overshadow their importance in the development of modern art. For all their appearance of spontaneous creation, his works were rationally conceived. Striving to express visually his deepest feelings--whether of happiness or anguish--Van Gogh was innovative in his use of bold color contrasts and dynamic brushwork. The singular intensity he brought to painting became a source for many expressionist movements of the twentieth century. This selection of seventy-two paintings surveys Van Gogh's entire career, from the rural scenes he painted in Holland in the early 1880s to the sun-drenched wheatfields from his years in the south of France, to the last, more subdued landscapes of Auvers-sur-Oise painted shortly before his death in 1890.
Early Works .
Now I am home and pumped up to paint a new series.

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