Masterpieces from Paris in Canberra

Probably the best exhibition I have seen in Australia (coming from a fan of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne). Masterpieces from Paris has 9 Paul Gauguins, 7 Van Goghs and 8 Cezannes. So it’s more than one or two good paintings thrown in with a bunch of weaker paintings like the usual “blockbuster” exhibition. The Van Goghs alone are worth making the effort to see the exhibition.Continue Reading

Self Absorbed Geniuses

There’s an exhibition opening later this month at the National Gallery in London called Rebels and Matyrs. The theme is a common one that artists sometimes use to their own advantage. Promoting themselves as the outsider or the misunderstood genius.

The exhibition includes artists from Romanticism through to the 20th century; Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, Picasso and Schiele.Continue Reading

The Yellow House – Van Gogh and Gauguin

A new book has been released about the yellow house and the time that two crazy masters spent together painting, fighting, and cutting ears off. Martin Gayford’s “The Yellow House” discusses the time that Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin spent 9 weeks together in Arles, France.
Sounds like it was a challenging time for Gauguin, with Vincent flipping out.
“I had to leave Arles, he was so bizarre I couldn’t take it. He even said to me, ‘Are you going to leave?’ And when I said ‘Yes’ he tore this sentence from a newspaper and put it in my hand: ‘The murderer took flight’.” Paul GauguinContinue Reading

Paul Gauguin work estimated at 40 to 50 million

A work by Paul Gauguin at the upcoming Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art auction is set to make between 40 and 50 million dollars.

I think art critic Robert Hughes got it right when he said “A fair price is the highest one a collector can be induced to pay.” and also.. “Art prices are determined by the meeting of real or induced scarcity with pure, irrational desire, and nothing is more manipulable than desire.”Continue Reading