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VanGogh in America


I got to see the VanGogh exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Art Wednesday, thanks to a friend who had tickets. Given the show is sold out I feel very lucky.

We’re here!!!

My husband, two friends and I drove down to Detroit in the morning, a few hours before our ticketed time to view the VanGoghs. We wanted to wander the rest of the museum first because there’s so much to see there.

Waiting behind the Q-line to turn into the parking lot for the DIA.

We saw a lot of really interesting and pretty stuff in the couple of hours that we wandered the other galleries.

Mother and child, one of several we saw during our visit.

There were a lot of sculptures, many of them were Mary and child. But there were others as well.

In the middle of a room, surrounded by huge paintings stood a pensive Abe.

And of course lots and lots of paintings, from different periods of time and from all over the world.

I loved the light in this, and his face as he looks at the image of someone he loved.

We visited one of my favorites, which turned out to be one of my friend’s favorites as well.

This is a wedding dance, with so much going on that you could stand in front of it for a long time and see more and more.

But we were there to see VanGogh, or Vincent as he signed his work, so I’ll show you a few of those.

This one, the Novel Reader, is involved in a court case to determine just who owns it. You may have seen that story in the news.

Most of his famous pieces were there, but I was just as interested in those pieces I hadn’t seen before.

This one, called The Picnic, reminded me of my parents who went on a picnic for their first date and have a photo very similar to this painting.

Some were small, in different mediums that his big oil canvases.

This was the only watercolor I saw in the show.

But of course there were a lot of large oils as well, including this one that isn’t what you think.

Called Starry Night, different than the other starry painting we’ve seen so often.

I loved the rows of trees in this one, they reminded me of the olive orchards in Italy. Turns out they were olive trees in France outside the hospital where he lived for a year.

I loved the blues and greens with the hint of red, all tied into the trees and shadows and movement in this one called The Oliver Trees.

I loved the faces he painted as well. I could sit and study them for hours.

He couldn’t afford to pay for models, so he painted himself, more than 40 times.

But of course we had to move along, there were plenty of people waiting behind us.

Another of my favorites, called A Pair of Boots. I have a photograph of my husband’s boots on the porch that I’ve thought about painting…

The whole thing was just so much fun.

So much to see…

Thanks to my friend for the tickets and to both friends and husband for the good company!

Called A Field of Poppies, this made me smile.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

18 thoughts on “VanGogh in America

  1. What a stunning outing. I rather like the boots too. Van Gogh was certainly an interesting artist.


    • There were soooo many pieces of art at this exhibition. He must have painted day and night, some of it was all about every day things, some was vast landscapes, some of it was people. All of it was interesting.


  2. What a great exhibit. Thank you for taking us all along virtually. (Although I grew up near Detriot it is now a fairly long jaunt to get there.) 😀


  3. Ooh I love van Gogh! And now I live The Novel Reader too 💜


  4. Wonderful artworks! I love the Abe Lincoln. The painting of the boots – it reminded of an alcoholic ink painting I did based on a photo my son had taken of a young child’s shoes with his toes sticking out. I wonder if I have a digital copy of it.


    • Did you find a digital copy? I have a photo of my husband’s boots I took a few years ago as they were sitting, muddy and worn, on the front porch where he had taken them off so as not to track mud into the house. I thought they were sort of artistic, but this was long before I started painting. Maybe I’ll try.


  5. What a treat! I am a big fan of Van Gogh. Beautiful examples of his work. Also really liked The Wedding Fancy.


  6. Wow, so cool!

    I went to the virtual Van Gogh Immersive exhibit this past summer, and I learned so much. But, much cooler to see some of the original paintings in person! Lucky you.


  7. Wonderful! I love the DIA, and Van Gogh is my favorite!


  8. I love VanGogh and have seen many of his pieces in my travels. Thank you so much for sharing!


  9. What a wonderful tour, Dawn. Thank you for sharing with us.
    I am going to our Museum of Fine Arts on Friday to check out the Basquiat expo they have going on… Hopefully I’ll be able to share with you as well.


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