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Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis

Creating a Story Around Girl with a Pearl Earring

April 25th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Book lovers, For Art Lovers, Girl with a Pearl Earring 0 comments on “Creating a Story Around Girl with a Pearl Earring”

As we launch our elevated print of Girl with a Pearl Earring, we are very intrigued by the novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, and how a story was created. Not much is actually known about the girl in the painting, or even Vermeer himself – so how did Chevalier come about writing her blockbuster-adapted novel?

Chevalier argues the numerous pieces of art in museums often leaves you feeling exhausted and bored and in order to fully appreciate the art, it is important to be selective. So, instead of racing through a gallery to ‘enjoy’ every piece she pin points just one or two that catch her attention and make her slow down. Then, she tells herself a story about it.

At nineteen years old, Chevalier came across Girl with a Pearl Earring and immediately went to buy a poster of it (which is still hanging in her room to this day!). The colours and the lighting grabbed her attention, but what kept her coming back to it was the look on the girls face, and how she couldn’t tell whether she is happy or sad. After sixteen years of looking at this poster every day Chevalier thought: “I wonder what the painter did to her to make her look like that?” From this very question, her story unfolded.

Girth pearl earring elevated print in gold frame
Verus Art Elevated Print Of Girl With A Pearl Earring

In case you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, Chevalier tells a story about Vermeer, a busy family household of eleven children, a quiet studio, a servant wearing a pearl earring, and a jealous wife. She creates an amazing story about the girl in the painting, and brings us into the world of Vermeer,  surprisingly born mostly from her imagination due to the lack records or facts we know about Vermeer.

Watch Tracy Chevalier's TED Talk

Like most novels, the story behind the story is quite fascinating and in a 2015 TED Talk Tracy Chevalier, author of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, talks about how she finds stories within a painting, and how that allows her to engage with art and avoid “gallery fatigue.”

Young woman looking at modern painting in art gallery

“Touching” on The Slow Art Movement

March 30th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Living with Art, Slow Art 0 comments on ““Touching” on The Slow Art Movement”

As people begin to gear up (or down!) for Slow Art Day on April 8th, alongside 170+ venues that are participating this year, we’re feeling inspired by this BBC Culture video, and want to share what the slow art movement means to the art community.

Watch the BBC video, "How to look at a work of art," discussing the slow art movement: here 

Watch the BBC video "How to look at a work of art"

So, is there a ‘right’ amount of time to look at, or engage with an art work?

This concept of “eyeball etiquette” can be difficult to feel certain of when looking at an art piece. How long should you look for? What more do you get out of an piece of art if you look at it more slowly?

When you look at art there is a moment where you and the artwork meet in the centre – this can be done if you look at it slowly and fully engage with the piece. Connecting with art in this way has a simple effect: it encourages creativity and helps people discover the joy of looking at art, creating more art lovers.

One hour is needed to experience a masterpiece, says the gallery owner in the BBC Culture video. It is important to think about why the artist created the piece you are observing. How did they go about painting it? What was the inspiration behind it? What is the first thing you noticed about this piece? Thinking about these ideas will allow you to connect with the painting more, and experience the art in the way an artist would have. Of course, the amount of time to look at an art work and what you need to think about can be a varying opinion; after all, everyone has a different way of thinking about art.

Slow Art Day encourages people to choose a few pieces of art and stare at them longer. In most galleries and museums today there are so many different pieces to see. People are racing around and trying to see as much as possible, taking photos instead of really looking. And these photos don’t allow you to fully experience the original work, the way it was intended.

Children touching Van Gogh reproductions
"Please touch the artwork"

At Verus Art we take the slow art movement concept even further. With our elevated prints of works by great masters such as Van Gogh and Monet, we encourage people to not only look at our prints, but also to touch them! We enable a more enriched art experience by allowing people to connect with the actual brushwork of their favourite artists – experiencing art the way the artist originally intended. “Please touch the artwork” is at the very core of our philosophy.

Verus Art makes some of the greatest art more accessible so that people can connect with art, the way the slow art movement intends. So have fun slowing down and really looking at art, and why not help other enjoy this experience by joining the movement on social media: #slowartday @SlowArtDay

A man touching the Van Gogh Iris hanging on white gallery wall

Opening Reception Success Extends Verus Art Exhibition

March 7th, 2017 Posted by Art News, For Art Lovers, Living with Art, Vancouver Events 0 comments on “Opening Reception Success Extends Verus Art Exhibition”

Verus Art has had an exhilarating month; with our Vancouver launch event, unveiling our latest elevated print, The Goldfinch, the announcement of the Government of Canada’s 2.75 million in funding for Arius Technology, and finally, our opening reception for our exhibition at Art Works Gallery in downtown Vancouver. It was a whirlwind of celebration and excitement – this exhibition being the perfect way to share all this year’s accomplishments with everyone!

man looking at Monet Epte with Monet sign above
Monet's Epte painting looks great on Art Works walls!

The Verus Art exhibition at Art Works Gallery opened on February 22nd and includes the entire Verus Art collection – together with our newest addition: Fabritius’ The Goldfinch. The opening reception was held on March 2nd, and encouraged anyone to swing by, grab a drink and a nibble, and have the chance to see our re-creations on the gallery walls.

two people holding up their arms in a heart shape in front of the monet painting
Casey-Jo from 102.7 The Peak Radio came to admire our stunning Monet!

The night was a big success! We had over 100 people attend, including art collectors, realtors, faculty from Emily Carr and UBC, and various influencers – we even had Casey-Jo from 102.7 The Peak come admire our collection! In fact, the night was so successful and the re-creations looked so amazing on Art Works Gallery walls, that the exhibition has been extended to March 31st so that more people can experience the pieces. Be sure to swing by Art Works Gallery and see our amazing elevated prints displayed on the walls.

Thomson paintings in gold frame hanging on white wall with people in the background
What a beautiful gallery!
Map on a table with a hand holding a toy plane and a camera and magnify glass

Plan your European Adventure Around Vincent van Gogh

February 17th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Living with Art, Travelling 0 comments on “Plan your European Adventure Around Vincent van Gogh”

If you’re a massive Van Gogh fan and travelling around Europe is on your bucket list, here are some fun tips on where to fulfill your Van Gogh fever!

There are many beautiful locations all over Europe where you can get close to Van Gogh – not only to see his artwork, but to visit places he painted or lived throughout his lifetime. There are so many locations, in fact, that we have put together a short list of our favourites places. So, get ready to plan your big trip to Europe after reading about these must-see Van Gogh destinations! Van (Go)gh to Europe!

photo of van gogh gallery in kroller muller with a few paintings on a white wall
Credit: Kröller-Müller Museum / photo: Marjon Gemmeke

Kröller-Müller Museum – Otterlo, Netherlands

Although the Van Gogh Museum is the obvious choice to see Van Gogh works, you will also be delighted by the Van Gogh Gallery in the Kröller-Müller. It is nestled in a National Park, so the location is beautiful and serene – the best atmosphere for enjoying artwork. Photos are even allowed in the museum, and although the paintings are protected by glass you can get a close look at many of his famous paintings such as “Café Terrace at Night, “Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate')”, and “Country Road in Provence by Night.” It also displays a lot of his earlier works and is the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world!

Van Gogh painting of a countryside field with a yellow house
Painting of Brabant by Van Gogh

Brabant – The Netherlands

If you are wanting to fully connect with Van Gogh’s roots, Brabant is the place to do so! This is the small town where Van Gogh grew up and has many landmarks you can visit during your stay. Often called an outdoor museum of Van Gogh, just taking a stroll through the town of Brabant will take you on a tour of an area that inspired Van Gogh’s work much later in life. It is home to the Vincent van GoghHuis , the art room at his school and a statue of Vincent and his brother Theo. There is also a number of Van Gogh related events and activities that are put on for visitors at different times of the year.

Mons – Belgium

Belgium, besides being home to great waffles and beer, is also known to be where Van Gogh first became an artist after giving up on becoming a Protestant pastor. Here, you can visit the house where Van Gogh completed his first paintings, Maison Van Gogh. It was saved from ruins in the 1970s and is now open to the public. The house is located in a historical mining area, the Borinage, where miners were earning just 2.5 francs a day. When the Belgium Church disowned Van Gogh, he told his brother Theo that he would focus on being an artist but sometimes would go to assist the miners. The community there today is very proud of the connection with Van Gogh and there are many places to see visit that Van Gogh once visited himself, including the mine.

Saint-Paul Asylum with a field in front of it. It is a grey building
The Saint-Paul Asylum Van Gogh was in! These are the very fields he painted!

Provence – France

Next stop? Provence, France! Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works were painted when he was a patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This is the perfect place to see some real locations and spots that Van Gogh painted while in the asylum, and there is even a collection of works called “Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy.” Provence is where he painted his collection of “The Irises” you can even visit the hospital and its gardens, now renamed Clinique Van Gogh. While you’re here, explore the area where Van Gogh spent the last part of his life and visit the Rhone River, the muse for Gogh’s “Starry Night over Rhone.”

Auvers-Sur-Oise – France

After leaving Provence, Van Gogh travelled north to Auvers-Sur-Oise. This is where you can see some of the most significant landmarks of Van Gogh’s life. Here in this town, you will find the room, at the famous inn Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh took his own life. Despite being recently restored, it is a sombre room, with not much light coming from just one window. A short distance away you can visit his gravestone that sits next to his brother’s, Theo. As of late - Van Gogh’s gravestone is being restored, so this would be a poignant landmark to visit on your travels.

A old grave with van gogh's name on it with green leaves surrounding it
Grave of Van Gogh - recently there has been a project to restore it!

Musée d’Orsay – Paris, France

Van Gogh moved to Paris to live with his brother in Montmartre, Paris after living in Belgium. The apartment is a private residence now, but you can see it designated with a marble plaque. You can also visit the oldest surviving vineyard in Paris, where Van Gogh would often go to paint. And of course, while in Paris you can visit many of his masterpieces at Musée d’Orsay. "Starry Night Over the Rhone," "Vincent’s Bedroom in Arles," "Self-Portrait," 1889 and "The Church at Auvers," are just a few of the highlights from the museum’s Van Gogh collection, which has over 25 works on display.

The outside of Musee D'Orsay Museum with the Eiffel Tour in the background
Photo Credit: Musée d’Orsay

Of course, there are many museums and galleries with Van Gogh pieces – these are just a few of our favourites that hold some of Van Gogh’s most riveting history. When you get stuck into planning your next trip to Europe, or if you are planning one right now, be sure to stop and see at least one of these locations that are greatly influenced by one of the most loved impressionist painters. If you can’t get enough, below are a few additional suggestions where you can stop to see even more Van Gogh!

 

Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam

Albertina – Vienna

Musée de Louvre – Paris

The Courtauld Institute of Art – London

The National Gallery – London

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Moscow

Tate Gallery – London

Own A Van Gogh Masterpiece

If you're a big Van Gogh fan but don't have time or money to take a trip around Europe, you will be happy to discover you can now own a Van Gogh masterpiece with our incredible 3D re-creations, bringing Europe into your own home! Working with the National Gallery of Canada, Verus Art has launched a limited edition collection of 3D printed rec-creations that replicate the brushstrokes, colour and size of the original pieces. Check out "Iris" and "Bowl of Zinnias and Other Flowers" in our store.

10 Most Expensive Paintings Sold in 2016

December 19th, 2016 Posted by Art News 0 comments on “10 Most Expensive Paintings Sold in 2016”

After staggering, record-breaking sales in 2015, the world’s finest auction houses were faced with a year of high expectations.

With nothing passing the $100million marker, this year’s chart topper only just made the top 50 most expensive paintings ever - however it still smashed the current record for works by that artist.

As the year comes to an end, we thought it would be fun to recap on 2016 with the Top 10 most expensive paintings sold, well as it stands on December 19 at least!

(Feature Photo Credit: Christie's)

10. << Two Studies for a Self Portrait >>, by Francis Bacon, 1970

$35 million, sold via Sotheby’s New York on May 11

A striking pair of self portraits providing double representation, with a characteristic front-facing portrait and more unusual side angle. Painted in 1970, Bacon was leading up to his first big retrospective at the Grand Palais in 1971 and reflects the energy and excitement he was experiencing at the time in his life, using an optimistic, European inspired palette. This year saw this work come to sale for the first time since it was sold in 1970 and was estimated to sell between $20-30million.

Francis Bacon’s "Two Studies for a Self-Portrait" is looked at in closer detail in this Sotheby's video.

 

9. Untitled (New York City), by Cy Twombly, 1968

$36.7 million, sold via Sotheby’s New York on May 11

One of Cy Twombly’s iconic blackboard paintings, this was painted during the years following his return to New York when he explored grey paintings after spending years painting vibrant pieces in Europe. This piece is the only piece that uses blue chalk in this famous blackboard series and really stands out in what is already a highly sought after collection.

This Sotheby's video takes a closer look at Cy Twombly’s majestic "Untitled (New York City)" from his famed Blackboard series.

 

8. The Grand Snowing Mountains (飛雪伴春), by CUI Ruzhuo, 2013

$39.6 million, sold via Poly Auction Hong Kong on April 4

A renowned Chinese impressionist painter, Ruzhuo is praised for his talent to combine ancient influences with modern techniques, focusing on traditional brushwork and atmosphere of ink painting. Deemed as one of the world’s Top 100 living artists, Cui Ruzhuo’s eight panel masterpiece was snapped up for a record $39.6 million (almost double the estimated price), for a piece that was completed just three years ago.

The Grand Snowing Mountains / 飞雪伴春 , 2013
Photo Credit: www.artnet.com

7. Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge), by Edvard Munch, 1902

$54.5 million, sold via Sotheby’s New York on November 14

Coming close to it’s estimated $50millin estimated value, Edvard Munch led the November Sotheby’s auction for the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening. From a 12-painting series, this is one of two works that remains in private hands and is celebrated as one of Munch’s greatest masterpiece, setting previous auction records aside from the 2012 sale of “The Scream” which netted $112 million.

In this Sothevy's video, artist Eric Fischl discusses Munch’s style and why Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) is one of his most powerful masterpieces.

 

6. Jeanne Hébuterne (au foulard), by Amedeo Modigliani, 1919

$56.3 million, sold via Sotheby’s London on June 21

A captivating piece that was painted towards the end of Mogiliani’s short life, it features his muse and his lover who took her own life at 22, just two days after Mogiliani died from tubercular meningitis. One of his most accomplished and finished pieces, it demonstrated what potential and talent the young artists was gifted with. Instead we have what is one of the poignant love stories of 20th century art.

This Sotheby's video digs deep into the story behind the masterpiece, which is also explored in their blog post about the piece.

 

5. Untitled, by John-Michel Basquiat, 1982

$57.2 million, sold via Christie’s New York on May 10

More than 16ft wide and over 8ft tall, this epic masterpiece is deemed one of Basquiat’s most accomplished works, loved for the way it exuberates such energy and passion – even at a monstrous scale. This piece topped the May auction in New York as well as setting a record for a Basquiat piece, with Dustheads selling for $48.8 million in 2013.

Untitled by John-Michel Basquiat
Photo Credit: Christie's New York - Untitled by Jean Michel Basquiat

4. Lot and His Daughters, by Peter Paul Reubens, circa 1613-1614

$58 million, sold via Christie’s New York on July 7

With a distinguished provenance and time stamp from the peak of Reubens’ success, Lot and His Daughters offered a rare opportunity for collectors to invest in a remarkable piece of history. Taken from the Old Testament, the tale of Lot and His Daughters was popular with a number of artists of the era, with Reubens returning to it multiple times.

Lot and His Daugthers by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
Photo Credit: Christie's - Lot and His Daugthers by Sir Peter Paul Rubens

3. Femme Assise, by Pablo Picasso, 1919

$63.4 million, sold via Sotheby’s London on June 21

Femme Assise represents the time in which Pablo Picasso escaped the criticism and rejection of his works in France, in more relaxed, free parts of Spain. It is here where he pushed his boundaries and developed the early works of Cubism. Taking a portrait and treating it in a way an artist might a sculpture, he wanted to make 2D pieces come alive and during this time he produced a series of canvases which changed the art world.

In this Sotheby's video Pablo Picasso’s grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso, discusses the moment in Picasso’s career when he created a series of canvases based on the features of his lover Fernande Olivier. Five observations about Femme Assise are also covered in this blog post about the piece.

 

2. Untitled XXV, by Willem de Kooning, 1977

$66.3 million, sold via Christie’s New York on November 15

Setting a record in 2005 as the most expensive post-war painting every sold, this Willem de Kooning piece was back to auction again, with a sale that didn’t disappoint. Originally painted in a burst of activity from Kooning in the 1970s, this vast, energetic piece is understandably sought after.

To get a close up of the beautiful texture and colours in the piece, the auction program is a must view!

Untitled XXV by Willem Kooning
Photo Credit: Christie's - Untitled XXV by Willem Kooning

 

1. Meule, by Claude Monet, 1890-1891

$81.4 million, sold via Christie’s New York on November 16

One of the last in Monet’s epic Grainstack series, Meule not only set the record for 2016 but also for a Monet piece, with the last record being set in June 2008 when an iconic Water Lilies piece sold for approximately $63.6 million. In anticipation of holding an exhibition, Monet completed 25 pieces in 1890, recording the differences in seasons and time of day. With a passion to represent ‘moments in time’, Meule has a stunning effect which makes you feel the scene as if you were there.

This video from Christie's explores the story and meaning behind 2016's most expensive piece of art.

 

Own A Monet Masterpiece

If you're a massive Monet fan but don't have pockets that are $81.4 million deep, you'll be pleased to discover you can now own a Monet masterpiece with our incredible 3D re-creations. Working with the National Gallery of Canada, Verus Art has launched a limited edition collection of 3D printed reproductions that replicate the brushstrokes, colour and size of the original pieces. Check out "A Stormy Sea" and "Jean-Pierre Hoschedé and Michel Monet on the Banks of the Epte" in our store.

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