Starry, starry nights (and days)
A traveling exhibit with large scale depictions of several Van Gogh masterpieces was on display at the elementary Dec. 1-5 and the intermediate Dec. 8 through Friday.
“The reproductions were so large every brush stroke could be seen,” Michele Fletcher, elementary/intermediate art teacher said.
Included was a reproduction of “The Starry Night,” Van Gogh’s most famous work.
In addition to the paintings, there was a brief biography of the artist, plus several of his quotes.
His artwork never did receive substantial popular or critical acclaim during his life but almost from the moment of his death—from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1890—his reputation began to grow.
Today he is widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern art and he and Rembrandt are remembered as the two greatest Dutch artists of all-time.
Legacy Yet even today Van Gogh is most widely remembered by the general public for cutting off his own ear (actually, part of an earlobe).
Van Gogh has become almost the cliche example of a talent whose genius who was only appreciated after death.
The closing words of Don McLean’s reverent, and poignant, 1972 song “Vincent” are:
Perhaps they never will.