August 16, 2017 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.
“Van Gogh’s paintings of Sunflowers are among his most famous. He did them in Arles, in the south of France, in 1888 and 1889. Vincent painted a total of five large canvases with sunflowers in a vase, with three shades of yellow ‘and nothing else’. In this way, he demonstrated that it was possible to create an image with numerous variations of a single colour, without any loss of eloquence.”
“The sunflower paintings had a special significance for Van Gogh: they communicated ‘gratitude’, he wrote. He hung the first two in the room of his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, who came to live with him for a while in the Yellow House. Gauguin was impressed by the sunflowers, which he thought were ‘completely Vincent’.” (Van Gogh Museum. )
The Van Gogh Museum – Fine Art in the New Media
The Van Gogh Museum has been in the forefront in its use of New Media. The first two posts when this blog began six years ago were the Van Gogh Museum and The Van Gogh Letters. Now, five versions of a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece are being reunited for the first time in a “virtual exhibition,”
“According to a press release, on Monday August 10, 2017 The National Gallery in London, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Neue Pinakothek in Munich and the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art in Tokyo all linked up for the presentation called Sunflowers 360, which is available to view now on Facebook. ”
“Also launched is a virtual-reality experience that shows viewers all five “‘Sunflowers'” in one room. Willem van Gogh, great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo, narrates the 360° tour. This virtual gallery, as of now, has already had some 3.7 million views.
“Virtual reality technology and computer graphics make it appear as if the paintings are all in one gallery together. Viewers can either use VR headsets to examine the paintings or get a 360-degree view of the gallery on their computer or mobile screens.” ((Jason Daley smithsonian.com)
You can watch the each of the museums’ presentations on livestreams at:
National Gallery: http://vangogh.com/QZDQ30eqhnk
Van Gogh Museum: http://vangogh.com/YuWJ30eqhvx
Die Pinakotheken: http://vangogh.com/CC6g30eqhyE
Philadelphia Museum of Art: http://vangogh.com/ZCHR30eqhBO
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum: http://vangogh.com/9XOY30epRLq
Van Gogh Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, Summer 1887 Detroit Institute of Arts