Posted by: bluesyemre | June 14, 2012

Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Van Gogh (DOCUMENTARY)

  • “Vincent’s passionate belief was that people wouldn’t just see his pictures, but would feel the rush of life in them; that by the force of his brush and dazzling color they’d experience those fields, faces and flowers in ways that nothing more polite or literal could ever convey. His art would reclaim what had once belonged to religion – consolation for our mortality through the relish of the gift of life. It wasn’t the art crowd he was after; he wanted was to open the eyes and the hearts of everyone who saw his paintings. I feel he got what he wanted. So what are we looking at with this painting? There’s suffocation, but elation too. The crows might be coming at us, but equally they might be flying away, demons gone as we immerse ourselves in the power of nature. It’s a massive wall of writhing brilliant paint, in which the colour itself seems to tremble and pulse and sway.”


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