The NGVs winter extravaganza, the 2017 Winter Masterpieces, is a collection of Van Gogh’s work from several periods related to his focus on capturing the seasons.
It was just a little too busy for me, I was continually crossing paths with a guided tour and because photograph is not only allowed but also encourage so there was a line up in front of all the later paintings. Still there was a very comprehensive range of work from early scrapbook inspirations through to a small self portrait.
I have always liked Van Gogh’s line/marks of tortured brush strokes in his wheat fields and cypress trees. I had not realised they where subjects that tortured him. Perhaps I would have liked to see a few more of his drawing
David Stratton and David Wenham’s multi-media guide provides a lot of context and is really worth listening too before you visit the exhibition.
“I’m drawing a great deal and think it’s getting better.” – Vincent van Gogh