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  • Writer's pictureMathushaa Sagthidas

The Van Gogh Experience and Exhibition

Updated: Jun 20, 2021

Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, featured at The EY Exhibitions: Van Gogh and Britain

Digital Version of Vincent van Gogh’s painting, featured at Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience, in London

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter born in 1853 and passed away in 1890, who is “among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. Just before the first lockdown in London in March, I was lucky to be able to attend the Meet Van Gogh Experience, which has a more digital, contemporary and interactive feel to add to the work. Which the polar opposite of seeing Van Gogh’s work in The EY Exhibitions: Van Gogh and Britain, featured at the Tate Britain last year; this exhibition has more classic environment when his paintings. What was great about this exhibition was that we able to see how Van Gogh’s work impacted and influenced many British artists such as Francis Bacon, David Bomberg and the Camden Town Painters. It was great to see the famous and amazing pieces by Van Gogh at the Tate Britain; however I felt that it more a welcoming and involving experience, as we are able to hear his story from various biographical speakers whilst being able to have an interactive experience, it’s creates something that I believe is more memorable. In this experience we able to virtually see his various landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits oil paintings, which was created with the use of bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that has been a strong influence in many painters creations. In this experience we also learnt in greater detail about his struggles with not being commercially successful, “and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty”.

For me listening compared to reading about Van Gogh’s work, when thinking about both of these London exhibitions, is more sentimental and interesting. As we able to understand more and more of Van Gogh’s creative methods, history of his life and paintings itself whilst looking at his work there and then. We were able to visually unpack each art work, an experience that I found was unique and valuable.

All quotes from the Tate Modern Website.

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