A Visit with Van Gogh
He started painting when he was 28 years old. He died when he was 37 years old…. He painted 900 pictures in his life time. So let’s say he painted 100 paintings a year, or roughly finished painting a picture every 3rd day…. Wow! Relentless, very different, almost possessed he was so focused. If you met him face to face you would have found him paranoid, you would not have understood this man… this man Vincent van Gogh.
|A Tortured Soul|
Wow! It is incomprehensible to me how this pile of colors, this piled up paint, thick and so pressed onto the canvas, makes any sense. When you look at his paintings up close, especially really close, it’s just a pile of colors, which have no relation to each other. The colors don’t go together, you think… but when you step back, when you stare at the whole… Wow!
|Images on the Car Beside Us, the Floor and Walls. |
Pipes and Wall Indentations Can Be Clearly Seen.
Vincent was pure genius, albeit a very troubled soul. I often wonder if man has to pay the price of insanity to be a genius. Not just in Art, but in many other aspects of living such as Science, and Life. What made his brain see like that, comprehend like that, explain himself like that?
Toronto had a well published show, a show in 2 segments… one was a drive-in situation where you experience the paintings covering all the walls and floor while you sit inside your car. The venue here was not ideal.
|Wall Indentations and Fire Alarm Distract|
|Such a Shame to Have These Distractions|
Indentations in the wall produced a line across Van Gogh’s self-portrait and many of his other paintings. A large red fire alarm distracted the viewer in some scenes. It might have been better if we had been facing a different wall but we had to park where we were told.
|Love the Sign|
Due to Covid-19 we had some restrictions, there were circles on the floor where you could stand or sit in order to maintain appropriate distancing and masks were required. But all in all it was worth our visit.
|The Master At Work|
Just look at all the stuff below… no, I can’t describe each part… you just have to see it yourself in a city near you if this performance ever gets near you.
Some of the music was very modern like Luca Longobardi’s music.
Or some classical pieces:
The next 3 videos should be viewed in sequence as they were all part of a much larger video accompanied by the song "Non, je ne regrette rien" sung by Edith Piaf
|Windmills on an Ominous Day|