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Starry, starry nights (and days)

Van Gogh art exhibit thrills RISD students
By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor
alive was to his brother.

Katherine Taylor and Doss Hasselbach lost in Van Gogh’s masterpiece ‘The Starry Night,” hanging in intermediate school hallway. Reporter/Mike Brown Katherine Taylor and Doss Hasselbach lost in Van Gogh’s masterpiece ‘The Starry Night,” hanging in intermediate school hallway. Reporter/Mike Brown Yet the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh continue to inspire, amaze and dazzle new generations, most recently during the past two weeks at Rockdale’s elementary and intermediate schools.

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.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh self portrait with infamous bandaged ear was part of two-week exhibit. Van Gogh self portrait with infamous bandaged ear was part of two-week exhibit. The Dutch artist suffered from bouts with anxiety and mental illness and was frequently hospitalized in the final years of his life.

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:

Great art literally jumped from the walls at two local campuses as students shuttled between classes underneath Van Gogh’s ‘Trees in the Garden of St. Paul’s Hospital’ (L) and ‘Cafe Terrace at Night.’ Great art literally jumped from the walls at two local campuses as students shuttled between classes underneath Van Gogh’s ‘Trees in the Garden of St. Paul’s Hospital’ (L) and ‘Cafe Terrace at Night.’ They would not listen; they’re not list’ning still.

Perhaps they never will.

Just maybe there was some “list’ning” to Vincent Van Gogh in Rockdale during the past two weeks.


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