Immersive experience through the eyes of a historian

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — I was joined at Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience by Karen Hjalmarson, Timken Museum guide, art historian and lecturer on Vincent Van Gogh. We first run through his quotes.

“What am I in the eyes of most people, a non-entity, or an oddity, an unpleasant person, a person who has and will have no position in society…” Van Gogh quote

The artist’s words immediately remind us that Van Gogh was not successful in his life.

As we enter the immersive experience, Van Gogh’s words and paintings envelop the room in light and color, as they move and refocus.

This is Le Night Café, the café in Arles, in the south of France.

He loved the night… he preferred night paintings to day, When we talk about starry night… it’s important to understand, he looked at that, and remembers he was going through a lot of turmoil then. .. he wanted to find his place in the cosmos… and he felt that when he looked at the night and looked at the night sky… he saw eternity

The sparks of Starry Night Over the Rhone and the swirls of The Starry Night fill the space.

And he loved flowers… some from his mother’s garden. Van Gogh’s masterpieces include Irises and Sunflowers, among others.

He loved Shakespeare as you know, in sonnet 18 Shakespeare said that beauty will last in a sonnet and beauty will last in a painting… he (Van Gogh) took that to heart. – Karen Hjalmarson

And, the beauty of the almond blossom, his paintings from 1888-1890. They represented awakening and hope for the painter. In the exhibition, the petals swirl around us with a frenzy almost… as if to represent Van Gogh’s mental state at the time, so unsettling, that he was admitted to an asylum.

This emotional part of her life has propelled many great works of art – Karen Hjalmarson.

Van Gogh created 2000 works of art in 10 years from paintings, drawings and sketches…many of them during the tormented last years of his life. But Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime.

He is quoted as saying that he painted for unborn people, and on that he was right.

Van Gogh was the genesis of expressionism… German… American… so he was really the genesis of this branch of art called expressionism.

Van Gogh’s death in 1890 was reported as a suicide.

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