Juliet Sulejmani | April 28, 2017
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
VAN GOGH AND THE SEASONS
28 APR 2017 – 9 JULY 2017
Opening today, NGV’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition ‘VAN GOGH AND THE SEASONS’ , showcasing almost 50 works by master artist Vincent van Gogh. This is the largest collection of Van Gogh’s artworks ever to travel to Australia and the first time an exhibition has focussed on Van Gogh’s love of the seasons.
Guest curator Sjraar van Heughten, independant art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, was present for the media preview yesterday and said that Van Gogh loved all the seasons and that Autumn was most likely his favourite.
The exhibition opens with a beautiful 9 minute film installation which is narrated and goes through the seasons and explores the life and work of Van Gogh. As well as the artworks, you can also see works from Van Gogh’s own art collection.
As a city dweller myself and also as an illustrator I found this exhibition truly inspiring. Besides being mesmerised by each individual stroke and colour in the artworks, it reminded me to pay attention to nature, to my environment, and to take the time to notice the seasons and take in the beauty.
And with that, I will leave you with one of my favourite Vincent Van Gogh quotes from the exhibition:
“I know very well that not a single flower was drawn, that they’re just little licks of colour, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet, but the impression of all those colours against one another is nonetheless there in the painting as it is in nature.”
– Vincent Van Gogh, ARLES, 1888
The exhibition is open from today 28th April 2017 and runs until 9th July 2017.
For more information head to: www.ngv.vic.gov.au
Illustration by me Juliet Sulejmani
Images by Tom Ross for NGV