Vienna saw Van Gogh at last

V. van Gogh. Peasant Woman at the Old Winery. 1890. Watercolour, pencil on paper. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Austria – On September 5, the greatest for the last 20 years exhibition of works by Vincent van Gogh is opened. The curators of Viennese Albertina Museum collected over 150 artist’s outstanding works including more than 100 little-known graphic works. The exhibition exposition is interesting not only in its large scale, but also in the unusual approach to work of the great modernist. Paying a tribute to the master’s pictorial works the organizers aimed to show the world of unusual and unfamiliar Van Gogh as a graphic artist. The exhibition is opened till December, 8. It is aimed to answer the one main question: how the artist’s graphic skill influenced his unique painting.

Van Gogh is famous as a painter who mastered the artistic potential of colour in such a way that he was free either from the necessity of exact depiction of reality, or from many academic doctrines. The surprising artist’s palette was formed after he moved to Paris: there were no deep brown tone in his canvases any more, they changed into bright, expressive colours. It was resulted with the ideas of impressionism according to which Van Gogh started to work in the open-air, looking at the world around through the beams of the broiling sun of Province.

In spite of the fact that the artist was striving to become the illustrator, this side of his talent was left unknown. However this striving influenced his picturesque technique greatly. Van Gogh did not like to use sophisticated tones, palette and glazes. He often squeezed out the paint on a canvas spreading it by a coarse fleecy brush, or did not use it at all creating his pictures by a tube of paint as if by pencil.

By the time of his suicide in 1890 Van Gogh had created a considerable number of graphic works, pencil drawings and exquisite, expressive water colours which, nevertheless, were on the second place against his more “serious” works of painting. The exposition of the Albertina Museum is a new vision of Van Gogh’s art. It shows the difficult system of interrelation between painting and graphic art which influenced the formation of the unique artist’s style.

The retrospective organized under the auspices of the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum, became the first for the last 50 years exhibition of the artist’s works in Austria. The major part of works were provided by the largest museums of the world, such as Metropolitan, D’Orse Museum, the Pushkin Museum and also by the owners of private collections.

The exhibition is opened till December, 8.

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