The other day I made another trip to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Winter Masterpiece exhibition, Van Gogh and the Seasons. The first time I went it was so crowded you couldn’t see it, let alone enjoy it. I’m happy to say the advice I was given about going on a weekday and early proved to be true. While there were still many people, it wasn’t so crowded and it was much better to see. We did have to wait at some paintings to see them, but it wasn’t long, and was expected really, as with any exhibition.
When you start going through the exhibition you walk into a large room with a short film about Van Gogh.
It talked a bit about his life and one thing that I found fascinating was how he started off working with dark colours, or rather his paintings were dark. I can’t remember who, but one or more people told him he should paint in brighter colours, which he did eventually. It reminds me of my journey and how I get told a lot my work is too dark and that I should make it lighter. I wonder if one day I will do that.
It was interesting walking through the exhibition seeing how the work changes. Most of the paintings that he is really famous for weren’t there. It is one of the problems I find with these exhibitions here, we don’t get to see the really good ones. I guess Australia is too far to send them, or maybe the insurance on them would make it too expensive. I don’t know, but it is disappointing at times.
Photography was allowed, and I considered taking my DSLR, but in the end I just wanted to enjoy the exhibition so I used my phone to take photos.
I took photos of the paintings that I liked and others that my daughter enjoyed. I am going to put them in a gallery for you now. It isn’t all the painting, but quite a few.