|Vincent Van Gogh Trees "Pollard Birches" 1884|
"I can think of no other European painter whose work expresses such a stripped respect for everyday things without elevating them, in some way, without referring to salvation by way of an ideal which the things embody or serve." - John Berger on Vincent Van Gogh
It's no secret that Vincent Van Gogh is number one on my list of favorite artists. He was passionate, disciplined, incredibly smart, innovative, and someone who loved deeply. Can you just get lost in his trees? I can. In the above drawing, the trees take center stage, but it's not long before you notice the image of people working in the fields. I love this piece. Please enjoy another quote below by John Berger. He writes of Van Gogh's act of drawing in beautifully descriptive terms.
This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art on three different days. I spent quite a bit of time at the Van Gogh exhibit. I was mesmerized by his brushstrokes and use of color. If you have any opportunity to visit any museum that houses works by Van Gogh, please don't miss the opportunity! - Jill Saur www.JillSaur.com