While millions remain stationed at home as part of the growing coronavirus crisis, we’re exploring the world of online culture with yet another free online exhibition. This time; Vincent van Gogh.
As part of a new online project to help provide a source of a cultural stimulant for those currently in self-isolation, a new virtual exhibition showing over 200 works of the Dutch post-impressionist painter.
Van Gough, created over 2,100 artworks during his career, is revered by many as the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. The artist, who perceived colour as having a “psychological and moral weight”, became iconic for his thickly applied paint and relentlessly applied brushstrokes.
” In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life,” an online exhibition states in its description. “They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art.”
Now, as Van Gogh’s work continues to sell out galleries the world over, the Google Arts & Culture project has stepped in when all museums around the globe have been forced to close their doors amid the current social distancing regulations enforced by most governments.
The online platform, which allows the public to access high-resolution images, was launched in 2011 and continues to grow exponentially. For the Van Gogh collection, the exhibition has drawn in works from the likes of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Prague’s National Gallery and many more.