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Van Gogh Still Surprisingly Popular

I joined John and Janice at the "Van Gogh to Mondrian" exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum today, because they had both the Cafe At Arles, one of the Olive Groves, and the self portrait, all touring from the Kröller-Müller Museum. I figured Van Gogh's massive overexposure throughout the 20th Century would keep museum-goers away in droves. Boy, was I wrong.


Yes, yes, most normal people would be sick of Van Gogh and the Impressionists by now, but not Seattle art fans. The line was fairly long, curling up two flights of stairs, with a crepe-and-beverage stand halfway along the line, as if it were some sort of long-distance marathon requiring plenty of hydration and refreshments. In fact, there were two lines, one outside and another one inside, so we visited for forty-five minutes as we waited to get into the exhibit. The crepes looked good, but I resisted.

If you have a chance to see it during the week, or can swing the TicketMaster surcharges, I'd recommend it. But the wait was so worth it. The fine detail of the "Cafe Terrace, Arles at Night" is amazing, and the colors are always better in person. Oh, and there are some drawing by Van Gogh, some Cubists, pointillists, as well, if you like that sort of thing.


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Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing those marvellous pics and your experience. It is amazing that the paintings always look better in person; in this day and age of digital you'd think we'd manage true reproduction. There's something visceral about the oil that just can't be captured by pixels. Imho, of course.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)
I got a chance to go through it about a month ago. I really enjoyed the Seraut pieces they had on display, but the part that topped it off for me ended up not being part of the exhibit. It was the statues from the Ching Dynasty that were on the way out that did it for me.
Aug. 24th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Seurat kind of freaked me out at first, because it was so obviously of the same period as "Sunday Afternoon on the Grand Jatte", but the composition looked so much like "The Boating Party". It was like two masterpieces got together and created this mutant Impressionist love-child.

I saw "Grand Jatte" dozens and dozens of times at the Art Institute. Nice to see that Seurat painted a few others, too.
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