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Free Colour-In Mother's Day Cards

Mother’s Day Masterpieces

May 9th, 2017 Posted by Art Education, Education, For Art Lovers, The Goldfinch 0 comments on “Mother’s Day Masterpieces”

To celebrate the launch of Art Connection, our Community Outreach Program, our team has created colour-in Mother’s Day cards, free for any budding artists or colouring enthusiasts to download!

Bowl with Zinnias and Other Flowers, by Vincent van Gogh
The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius
Jean-Pierre Hoschedé and Michel Monet on the Banks of the Epte, By Claude Monet
Yellow Sunset, by Tom Thomson
Iris, by Vincent van Gogh

 

As part of our commitment to making art more accessible we have recently embarked on a hands-on school tour! Taking several of our re-creations to elementary schools, we are teaching children about painting styles of Vermeer compared to Van Gogh, as well as covering the basics behind the Group of Seven.

 

By taking pieces from the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and The Mauritshuis (Netherlands) to the children of Vancouver, we are providing a multi-sensory experience by allowing children to touch the artwork and feel the brushstrokes of each painting!

 

Find out more and download additional colouring sheets here.

Verus Art visit an elementary school where children can touch a Van Gogh masterpiece
Peaceful image of open book resting on a arm rest of a couch. Warm fireplace on background.

10 Art Inspired Must Read Novels

March 24th, 2017 Posted by Book lovers, For Art Lovers, Living with Art, The Goldfinch 0 comments on “10 Art Inspired Must Read Novels”

Launching our Special Museum Edition of The Goldfinch got us thinking about other book club favorites that have been inspired by art. So, in no particular order, we’ve pulled together a list of must-read arty novels to get stuck into this year.

View the Verus Art elevated print, The Goldfinch on our website

The Goldfinch recreation with brown frame

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (2013)

Good Reads Rating: 3.86

Inspired by Carel Fabritius’ painting The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt has hooked millions of people around the world with almost 800 pages of brilliance.

Centered around an orphaned New Yorker, Theo, The Goldfinch painting is what captivates and draws him into the underworld of art during life as a young teenager who's struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of his mother. As an adult, Theo’s life unfolds into a dark, complex and mysterious love story as he continues to struggle with loss, identity and survival.

With a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014) under it’s belt, the Goldfinch is a book club heavyweight and is due to be released as a movie in 2018.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

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The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown (2003)

Good Reads Rating: 3.78

The Da Vinci Code is one of the most read books since the millennium, loved worldwide for being a gripping mystery and thriller with success that has been greatly influenced by the Hollywood blockbuster film.

Most famously associated with the Mona Lisa, the story follows a desperate race through Paris as the main characters – Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu – work to solve riddles and puzzles disguised in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci.

If their quest proves successful, astonishing truths would at last be unveiled whilst saving other ancient truths from being lost forever.

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

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The Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier (1999)

Good Reads Rating: 3.84

Arguably one of Vermeer’s most captivating paintings, it’s no wonder it inspired a love story – a very popular love story at that!

Tracy Chevalier turns the mystery and wonder of the masterpiece into historical fiction about “The Girl” -  Griet – when she’s hired as a servant in the Delft household, with Vermeer as her Master. Just 16 at the time, Griet is swept up into an intimate relationship, eventually being hired as a model and sitting for Vermeer in this exquisite painting.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

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Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, by Harriet Scott Chessman (2001)

Good Reads Rating: 3.73

Inspired by the beautiful works of Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, this story is told by her sister, Lydia, who poses for five of her most extraordinary works. Opening a window into the lives of two sisters in the midst of a vibrant 19th century art scene this novel also features tales of real-life figures like Renoir and Degas.

Sadly, we learn that Lydia is ill with Bright’s disease and knows death is approaching, allowing the novel to explore the nature of art and desire, memory and mortality, romantic and familial love.

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, by Harriet Scott Chessman

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The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery (2012)

Good Reads Rating: 3.76

Oozing with love, obsession and tragedy, this sultry historical fiction by Ellis Avery explores the glamour and darkness of life in Paris during the heady extravagant years before the crash, a time when mistresses of wealthy businessmen would find themselves draped in Chanel and jewels.

Inspired by real events in Tamara de Lempicka’s history, we follow the tale of the struggling American, Rafaela Fano, who one evening finds herself in the car of the Art Deco artist. Narrowly avoiding the desperate path to prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist and before long the two have become lovers with their romance inspiring some of Lempicka’s most iconic Jazz Age paintings.

The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery

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I, Mona Lisa, by Jeanne Lakogridis  (2006)

Good Reads Rating: 3.85

Told through the voice of Mona Lisa, this historical fiction novel is a popular murder mystery with lots of twists and events that keep readers hooked.

Set in 15th century Florence, a shock assassination of Giuliano de’Medici ripples through the city, a year before Mona Lisa was born. Years later she finds herself at the center of a sinister web of dangerous secrets, love and treachery, as her first love – Giuliano’s nephew and namesake – meets a tragic end to life.

I, Mona Lisa, by Jeanne Kalogridis

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Susan Vreeland (2007)

Good Reads Rating: 3.65

Bestselling author Susan Vreeland penned this historical fiction novel, inspired by one of the world’s favorite Renoir paintings, Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Focusing on the energy that flowed through Paris after the Franco-Prussian War, Renoir and his guests narrate the life in this era of ‘la vie moderne’ – a time when social constraints were loosening and Parisians were bursting with passion and desire to create an extraordinary life for themselves.

Sharing these urges, Renoir also finds himself facing art and love crises and issues with loyalty and diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group.

Luncheon of the Boating Party, by Susan Vreeland

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Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi (2016)

Good Reads Rating: 4.1

The most recently published book in our list, Black Water Lilies, is inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lily series. A thrilling murder mystery, the story delves into a darker side of Giverny, France – the home of Monet and the gardens where he painted his water lilies.

Spanning across 13 days, beginning with one murder and ending with another, a body is found in the stream of the gardens and in the pocket of the corpse's jacket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies and a mysterious message on the other side. Tangled in this mystery are three lead female characters, but what do they know about the murder and could the discovery of a Black Water Lilies painting be about to happen?

Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi

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The Painted Kiss, by Elizabeth Hickey (2005)

Good Reads Rating: 3.7

This novel takes readers back to 1886 Vienna, a time of elegant cafes, grand opera houses and bustling artistic circles. The Painted Kiss is a romantic and provocative tale about Emilie Floge and Gustav Klimt. At just 12 years old Emilie first meets Klimt when her father employs the artist for drawing lessons. After being introduced to a subculture of dissolute artists and their wanton models, Emilie is terrified yet inspired by this captivating world.

As she blossoms into a young woman, Emilie becomes known as one of Europe’s most exclusive couturiers and, of course, Klimt’s most beloved model and mistress and the face of his most adored piece, The Kiss.

The Painted Kiss, by Elizabeth Hickey

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I Am Madame X, by Gioia Diliberto (2003)

Good Reads Rating: 3.73

One of the most controversial paintings of it’s time, John Singer Sargent’s Madame X was unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1884 and smashed his dreams of a career in Paris because the provocative dress and pose of Virginie Gautreau was too risque, shocking the public and critics.

In this richly imaginative novel, Diliberto follows the story of this American beauty, Virginie Gautreau, recreating her tempestuous and promiscuous personality. Going from the lush plantations of New Orleans to the midst of grand ballrooms, dressmakers’ salons and artists’ ateliers Virginie thrived on this new, post-war wealthy lifestyle, so much so that her showy self-display often put her at the center of vicious Paris gossip.

I am Madame X, by Gioia Diliberto

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Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Good Reads Rating: 3.61

Inspired by the real-life model for Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, The Painted Girls is a beautiful story set in Paris in 1878; the author "paints" the scene of the smells, the life, the streets, the buildings, and the Opera.

Painted Girls is a gripping novel about two sisters in Paris who find their lives upturned. Following their fathers sudden death, Antionette finds work as an extra in a stage adaption of Emile Zola's naturalist masterpiece L'Assommoir. Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Marie soon catches the attention of Edgar Degas and becomes the model for one of his most famous works, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. 

The Painted Girls Red Book Cover

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Verus Art

These are just a few of the most popular novels that are inspired by art. The Goldfinch really is a special little bird and we are very excited to have launched our elevated print of The Goldfinch, which Donna Tartt writes about so beautifully.

Tweet us @verusart if you have any arty must-read suggestions you'd like to share!

 

A man looking at the golfinch painting sitting on a table

Fabritius’ Goldfinch Takes Flight at the Verus Art Cocktail Reception

February 28th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, For Art Lovers, Living with Art, Media Buzz, The Goldfinch, Uncategorized, Vancouver Events 1 comment on “Fabritius’ Goldfinch Takes Flight at the Verus Art Cocktail Reception”

After ample research and development, going live last October and launching our first collection with the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, we at Verus Art® decided it was time for a celebration! Our celebration took form as a Cocktail Reception in Vancouver, where we announced our newest re-creation in our collection - The Goldfinch!

A large room with hardwood floors and about 100 people listening to a speech with cocktail tables
The Permanent was the perfect venue!

This past Thursday we celebrated our the launch of our latest re-creations at The Permanent in downtown Vancouver. And, as our CEO pointed out: what better venue to celebrate all these historical works of art than in a historical venue of Vancouver?

It was a golden opportunity for our guests to grab a drink, a bite and learn more about what Verus Art is doing in the art world right now. We had all of our stunning re-creations on display, encouraging people to get up close – and even touch - the brushstrokes of Van Gogh and Monet, providing them with access to paintings that they would otherwise have to fly across the country to see!

The Iris by Van Gogh on a easel with a hand touching
We encouraged everyone to touch and experience our elevated prints!

The night didn’t end there. After a welcoming speech from our CEO, Paul Lindahl, and a recap of what Verus Art has been doing to support art education, we unveiled our new collection with The Mauritshuis,of the Netherlands.

We were very excited to announce The Goldfinch by Fabritius as our latest re-creation in the Verus Art collection, which is now available in our store as a Special Museum Edition.

Every year, visitors from all over the world travel to the Mauritshuis to look at this special little bird, most recently influenced by Donna Tartt’s book, The Goldfinch. Through pioneering digitisation and elevated printing technology, we are now bringing this famous little bird to the people – allowing communities in even the most remote locations to enjoy a masterpiece by Fabritius.

The goldfinch painting sitting on a table with a description sign beside it
Our newest elevated print!

The night was a big success, with approximately 150 guests, live body painting, a sting quartet, polaroid photos, and re-creations revealed from inside the vault! I think it’s safe to say everyone had a spectacular time. But, for us, the most exciting part of the evening was watching the reactions of people as they relished in the opportunity to feel the exact brushstrokes of Vincent van Gogh or Fabritius; that was truly unforgettable.

three men standing in front of two of our paintings on easels
Part of the Verus Art team! Including our CEO, Paul Lindahl (left)

Don't miss our next event!

If you would also like to see our elevated prints on display, including our brand new Goldfinch, come by our Opening Reception of our Verus Art exhibition at Art Works Gallery in Yaletown, Vancouver on Thursday, March 2nd! The exhibition runs from February 22nd-March 7th. RSVP through our Eventbrite page!

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