Monday, July 15, 2013

Rare Van Gogh at the John F. Kennedy Exhibit

Van Gogh, 
Outskirts of Paris
June-July 1887. 
Oil on canvas
48 x 73 cm. 
 Private collection.

You have a rare opportunity to see this particular painting by Vincent Van Gogh at the Dallas Museum of Art until September 2013. It is currently being shown in a special exhibit about President John F. Kennedy's stay in Dallas. This painting was one of the several valuable works placed in the suite of the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas for the night of November 21, 1963. The last known outside personal phone call President John F. Kennedy ever made was to thank those responsible for arranging for the art to be placed in his suite. I saw the exhibit and it is a notable and moving exhibit worth the trip. All of the pieces that were placed in Kennedy's hotel room are in the exhibit.

The painting is on loan for the exhibition from a private collection. This is one of Van Gogh's pointillism pieces, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Pointillism was developed in 1886 by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac who branched it from Impressionism. Van Gogh adopted pointillism for a short while when he was in Paris, but soon found out the process was not suitable for his temperament and used it and its bright, unmixed colors to find his own style.

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