November 29, 2008
29 Sat You really do have to see Van Gogh’s work in the original, there. His brushwork appears flat (in more ways than one) when rendered in reproductions and prints. They really cannot capture the light and shadow of the real paint, so thickly yet evenly applied, rhythmic repeating strokes, I didn’t really believe it myself. And the gleam of those three-dimensional highlights in oil paint is part of the painting. Starry Starry Night was indeed impressive, and yet, The Starry Night over the Rhone is probably the painting I liked best. The MOMA exhibition is forcing me to reconsider Van Gogh.