Sunday, September 01, 2013

van Gogh details

Details from van Gogh paintings.
The Google Art Project is a collaboration with museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries. Together they have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture.

Funny thing: I've been a "goggie" for decades, have read several books and seen several films about his life, and own books of paintings, including "The Complete..." 
And he only worked for a decade, and only did the really good stuff in the last few years. 
And yet I keep finding works from him I swear I have never seen before. That guy worked like a Tazmanian Devil (the cartoon version). It's like he knew he had limited time. 

(Click for big pic.)

Cool colors. So dark and yet so clear and separated.

(This is one I swear I have never seen before.)


Anonymous said...

We ALL have a limited time here! Aren't you working hard to do what you need to do in your remaining time?

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Sure, but there's a difference between making an _oevre_ (body of life work) as he was keen to do, in 50 years, and doing it in five.

John Krumm said...

Kind of neat, but I was hoping for a high-res file I could print, not just stare at on a screen.

Anonymous said...

Buy a print. It would be much better quality anyone. I mean, really, what a stupid complaint.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

High quality image files are generally hard to find on the web. Even for out-of-copyright stuff.

Andrew Wilson said...

So, I wonder - and this is a serious question - what exactly am I supposed to get out of this? What makes it genius? I wonder what other people feel when they look at it. I just don't get why it's genius. I don't get the point of it.

I don't think paintings should look like photographs (otherwise, just take a photograph, although it would be interesting to see this view in a nighttime photo), but I'm not sure I get the point.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Ah well, humor is brittle, and genius is subjective.

Anonymous said...

If you can't say why it's genius, you don't know why - you are probably the type to just go by whatever art critics tell you.