|Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890)|
Oil on canvas
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Across the gallery are earlier works by van Gogh with a color palette that is completely the opposite to the "Self-Portrait". Whether seeing the works for the first time, or for the tenth time, there is such power in the strokes and in his use of color. It was as if he was set free by the light of the south of France.
Also on view was a letter from Vincent to a friend and former landlady that was so beautifully written and articulated...never giving light to the inner suffering. Many years ago I had read "Dear Theo", a compilation of letters to his brother...perhaps is time to revisit the book. Such a fine exhibit. Thanks to the exchange program between the two museums, we can appreciate in person works from opposite ends of the country.
And here are some of my photos from the garden and Rodin's sculptures...