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The Original ‘Self-Portrait’ King – 10 Paintings To See Van Gogh Through His Own Eyes

September 15th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “The Original ‘Self-Portrait’ King – 10 Paintings To See Van Gogh Through His Own Eyes”

Reddish hair, bandaged ear and intense gaze, Vincent van Gogh has always been one of the most recognizable artists around the world. Art lovers are undoubtedly quick to note his iconic features from his famous self-portraits. Throughout his life, Van Gogh has painted 36 self-portraits, each with a slightly different style, representing the painter’s evolutionary path in his art career. Like for many artists,  self-portraits are an exploration of Van Gogh’s change in personality, mind-set, and style of painting.

In, chronological order, here are 10 of the most significant self-portraits from different time periods in Van Gogh’s life. The paintings are also housed by various museums around the world, perfect to add to your Van Gogh travel checklist!

1. Self-Portrait with Pipe | Spring 1886, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam, very close to the Van Gogh Museum! The Rijksmuseum is a national museum dedicated to history and arts in Amsterdam.

2. Self-Portrait | Autumn 1886, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

The Gemeentemuseum is best known as a modern palace of the arts in The Hague. You can find the world’s largest Piet Mondrian collection here, as well as art by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many others!

3. Self-Portrait in a Grey Felt Hat | Winter 1886/87, Paris

Source: Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Source: Web Gallery of Art

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Stedlijk Museum is a museum mainly for contemporary art in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The collection includes art from early 20th century to the 21st century, and features famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh!

5. Self-Portrait with Straw Hat | March-April 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Michigan, has one of the greatest and most important art collections in the United States. When Van Gogh moved to Paris between 1886 and 1888, he started to use lighter colors under the influence of the bright colors of the impressionists. His experience in Paris was a joyful one, and this light-hearted self-portrait created during the summer of 1887, is the best representation of this!

5. Self-Portrait | Spring 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

This self-portrait is collected by the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world, with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. The Van Gogh Gallery exhibits selections of about 40 artworks by Vincent van Gogh. In addition, you will find masterpieces by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, and Piet Mondrian.

6. Self-Portrait | Autumn 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Musée d'Orsay museum is located in Paris, France, houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet,  Degas,  Cézanne,  Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

With over 36 self-portraits, Vincent van Gogh often used himself as a model in his short-lived artist career. In one of his letters to his sister, Van Gogh says,  "I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer." To his brother, Van Gogh wrote, "People say, and I am willing to believe it, that it is hard to know yourself. But it is not easy to paint yourself, either. The portraits painted by Rembrandt are more than a view of nature, they are more like a revelation".

7. Self-Portrait | September 1888, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge

Fogg Art Museum is Harvard's oldest museum, featuring American & European art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

“Van Gogh inscribed this painting ‘To my friend Paul Gauguin,’ and sent it to him. He described the process of creating his arresting likeness in several letters to his brother Theo, an art dealer in Paris, explaining how he manipulated his features in response to Japanese prints, changed the contours of his jacket for coloristic effect, and painted the background “pale veronese green” without any shadows. Shortly after he sent the work to Gauguin, however, their friendship deteriorated, and Gauguin sold it for three hundred francs.”

— Fogg Art Museum

8. Self Portrait | November-December 1888, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States. It was the second most visited art museum in the world in 2016.

In this self-portrait, you can see Van Gogh’s use of Neo-Impressionist technique and color theory! It is one of several paintings that are created on the reverse of an earlier peasant study.

9. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear | January 1889, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Courtauld Gallery, London

The Courtauld Gallery is an art museum in central London. It houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, a self-governing college of the University of London specializing in the study of the history of art.

“This self-portrait was painted shortly after Van Gogh returned home from hospital having mutilated his own ear. The prominent bandage shows that the context of this event is important. On the left, a blank canvas suggests that there is more work to come from this artist, as indeed there was, and a Japanese print on the right relates to an area of great artistic interest for him.”

— Courtauld Gallery

10. Self-Portrait | September 1889, Saint-Rémy

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Last but not least, one of the world’s most loved Van Gogh self-portraits.

“In this head-and-shoulders view, the artist is wearing a suit and not the pea jacket he usually worked in. Attention is focused on the face. His features are hard and emaciated, his green-rimmed eyes seem intransigent and anxious. The dominant color, a mix of absinth green and pale turquoise finds a counterpoint in its complementary color, the fiery orange of the beard and hair. The model's immobility contrasts with the undulating hair and beard, echoed and amplified in the hallucinatory arabesques of the background.”

— Musée d'Orsay Museum

Delpozo Spring 2015

Art Meets Fashion – The Everlasting Inspiration of Claude Monet

August 18th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Art Meets Fashion – The Everlasting Inspiration of Claude Monet”

From canvas to couture, Claude Monet's inspiration is timeless. In the past decade, iconic fashion brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alexander McQueen have mixed elements of Monet’s paintings into their runway collections. Combining historical art and modern fashion, the great master’s impressionist style of painting has never faded over time. In honor of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that occurred earlier this month, we’ve picked out our favorite Monet-meets-fashion masterpieces!

1. Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016 | "A Pathway in Monet’s Garden, Giverny" by Claude Monet 

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016 Monet
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Monet spent many years in the latter part of his life painting his impressive gardens at his home in Giverny, northern France. This Chanel runway dress brings Monet’s garden to life, demonstrating the beauty of impressionism art!

2. Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2009 | Claude Monet’s "Midnight Stroll"

Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2009
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Georges Hobeika is a Lebanese fashion designer of ready-to-wear clothing and Haute Couture. He decorated this breath-taking dress in layers of sprinkles and florals, imitating the French artist’s impressionist style. The many layers of color, changing from light to dark, seem to mesmerize and draw you inside Monet’s Midnight Stroll!

3. Rodarte Spring Summer 2015 | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

Rodarte Spring Summer 2015
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The Water Lilies series was the main focus of Monet’s later life. It occupied Monet for three decades, from the late 1890s until his death in 1926, at the age of 86. Water Lilies has inspired many haute couture collections, including the Rodarte sisters, who added historical art elements into their designs. Rodarte is an American luxury brand founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. Being an innovative brand, Rodarte as an artistic mixture of “high couture, modern femininity, and California influences”.

4. Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2008 | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2008
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The Water Lilies series is also famous for representing Monet’s garden and his love for nature. Many of the Water Lilies paintings were created even when Monet suffered from cataracts! This edition of Water Lilies is one of Monet’s most famous masterpieces and it is re-created as D&G’s whimsical, spring/summer runway dress! Using fabric as canvas, this D&G dress depicts a perfect imitation of the French master’s most-loved paintings.

5. Alexander McQueen | "Water Lilies with Reflections" by Claude Monet

Alexander McQueen | Water Lilies with Reflections by Claude Monet
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Even though Water Lilies is possibly the most famous series of paintings by Monet, few people realize that he worked on more than 250 paintings within this series. This time a more colorful Water Lilies with Reflections inspired this collection by Alexander McQueen, combining modern fashion elements and Monet’s famous artwork together, bringing a youthful, and energetic feeling to the runway!

6. Sportmax SS2012 collection | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

Sportmax SS2012 collection
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Sportmax is a brand by Max Mara, a famous Italian fashion company that owns 35 brands. This version of the Water Lilies becomes the inspiration of Sportmax’s summer ready-to-wear collection!  Every detail of the pieces reflects Monet’s style – the garment patterns seem to be made up of his tiny, thin yet visible brush strokes!

7. Delpozo Spring 2015 | "Water Lily Pond" by Claude Monet 

Delpozo Spring 2015
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The color combination of this Delpozo Spring dress is inspired by Claude Monet’s less typical, warm and golden Water Lily Pond. Delpozo is a brand that has a strong personality and style, founded by famous Spanish fashion designer Jesús del Pozo, in 1974.

As you can see, historical art has an eternal influence on modern fashion! Claude Monet once said, "Water Lilies is an extension of my life. Without the water, the lilies cannot live, as I am without art". Today, Monet's Water Lilies still has an everlasting impact on iconic brands such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Dolce & Gabbana!

Van Gogh Hotel Room

Living inside your Favorite Paintings – 7 Art Hotels Around the World

July 13th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Living inside your Favorite Paintings – 7 Art Hotels Around the World”

Vincent van Gogh once said, “I dream my painting and I paint my dreams.” The Starry Night, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Iris, The Goldfinch, The Sunflowers – Have you ever dreamed about your favorite paintings? Now, you have a chance to live inside these paintings, while painting your own dreams in these magical art themed hotels!

1.  Hotel Van Gogh – The Netherlands

Hotel Van Gogh
Source: http://www.hotelvangogh.nl/

Hotel Van Gogh is located at the heart of museum district in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Just few steps away from the Van Gogh Museum, you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of this historic city. These hotel rooms have a modern design, decorated with Van Gogh paintings scaled up and printed into the most stylish  wallpaper!  A must-visit for Vincent van Gogh fanatics!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
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Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
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2.  ArtBeat – Portugal

Sunflowers Hotel Room
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ArtBeat
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Artbeat is located in the centre of Lisbon, Portugual. This bold hotel has 7 differently themed rooms – each inspired by a world famous artist, including Picasso, Van Gogh, Hirst, Warhol, and Basquiat! Spending a night here, you will receive the most artistic experience, feeling the personality and style of each artist.

Lisbon, Portugual

Libson
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3.  Hotel Johannes Vermeer – The Netherlands

Hotel Johannes Vermeer
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Hotel Johannes Vermeer was named after famous Dutch artist – Johannes Vermeer. This hotel is located in Delft, Netherlands – the city where Vermeer was born in. He lived in Delft from 1632 to 1675, while painted iconic masterpieces featuring this beautiful city.

Hotel Johannes Vermeer
Source: http://www.hotel-r.net/nl/hotel-johannes-vermeer-delft

The Girl with a Pearl Earring , was one of the most famous paintings by Vermeer. It is so iconic that people call it “The Dutch Mona Lisa”. The hotel interior is decorated with a stunning mural painting of the Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Vermeer Centre
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4.  Hotel Grifon – Russia

Hotel Grifon
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Hotel Grifon is located in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia. The hotel hall is decorated with reproductions of a number of famous paintings, from artist such as Vincent van Gogh.

Hotel Grifon even has a beautiful Van Gogh themed room, inspired by his painting Almond Blossoms.

Van Gogh Themed Room

Almond Blossom Hotel
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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg
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5.  Hilton Hotel – The Netherlands

Van Gogh Hotel Room
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Hilton, Amsterdam
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The Van Gogh Themed hotel room in Hilton, Amsterdam was designed by the Graphic Designer Irma Boom. This special room design was inspired by Van Gogh’s two masterpieces – The Starry Night and The Bedroom. One of the walls was turned into a mural painting of the Starry Night. Amazingly, the furniture and every other detail of the room bring “The Bedroom” to live!

6.  Van Gogh Penthouse Apartment – The Netherlands

Van Gogh Penthouse
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Van Gogh Penthouse
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This Van Gogh Penthouse Apartment is great for families and group of friends’ gatherings! The location is just minutes away from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The rooms have a modern interior design with a stunning re-creation of Van Gogh’s self-portrait as wallpaper. This penthouse apartment also features the breath-taking Amsterdam city-view!

7.  Le Vincent Urban Hotel – Canada

Le Vincent Hotel
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Le Vincent Hotel
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Located in the center of downtown Quebec City, Hotel Le Vincent is a must-visit for Van Gogh fans! The entire first floor of the hotel is covered in murals and copies of the Starry Night. As well as experiencing what it is like to walk in your favorite Van Gogh painting, this four-star hotel will provide you the best experience of travelling in Quebec City.

Quebec City,  Canada

Quebec City
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Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

June 27th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!”

Celebrate with the National Gallery of Canada

This weekend, cities, towns, and villages across the country will be celebrating Canada’s special 150th Birthday, and there’s no exception at the Verus Art and Arius Technology office. We’ll be celebrating here in Vancouver, and in spirit with the National Gallery of Canada, over in Ottawa, as the nation’s capital kicks off the biggest birthday bash in the country!

Earlier this month our debut museum partner, the National Gallery of Canada, started to mark the big event with the opening of their new Canadian and Indigenous Art galleries.

Featuring their biggest collection of first nations works yet, this milestone exhibition includes 'Time Immemorial' art from 2000 years ago, all the way through to abstract art from the 1960’s. Visitors can immerse themselves in thematic displays that explore the magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, Canadians abroad, and the emergence of Inuit art.

Another highlight of this rich Canadian experience is to marvel at renowned – and never-before-seen – works by Canadian Heroes such as Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau, as well as the Gallery’s latest acquisitions, like works by James Wilson Morrice and the incredible Ceremonial Coat, by an unknown Naskapi artist.

Our Canadian Hero - Tom Thomson

We’re especially excited to see the original sketches of our Tom Thomson textured reproductions being placed on display, celebrating the lasting impression that Thomson and the Group of Seven have made on Canadian Art over the past 100 years.

Verus Art Tom Thomson Collection

These four sketches remind us of the impact that time can have on nature - whether it's the time of day, time of year or a time in history. A time before cameras were accessible, when Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven went exploring the great outdoors and painting beautiful landscapes for the world to see and enjoy what they might never get the chance to see themselves.

Yellow Sunset
Opening of Rivers
Ice In Spring
Sunset Sky

If you are planning to get to Ottawa soon, the Canadian and Indigenous Art Exhibition will run until Monday, September 4th, 2017, with FREE admission to the gallery on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1st.

Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring could be yours to take home!

June 26th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, For Art Lovers, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Living with Art 0 comments on “Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring could be yours to take home!”

Verus Art® collaborates with The Mauritshuis to reveal their most famous re-creation yet.

What would you do if you could live with the Girl with a Pearl Earring for a day?

Would she be a dinner party conversation piece? Someone to share your morning coffee with? Or would she provide a few minutes of escapism as you dream up a story about her?

In 2014, two lucky fans got to enjoy that very opportunity with a Mauritshuis competition to have their living room recreated inside the museum exhibit. Now, another form of re-creation is turning dreams into reality, except this time anyone can take home the Girl with a Pearl Earring thanks to Verus Art’s world leading 3D re-creations of fine art.

Working in collaboration with The Mauritshuis, the original masterpiece was scanned and digitized before being turned into an elevated print. With the master proof being compared to the original and signed off by museum conservators, Verus Art is offering the most authentic reproductions in the world, detailing every brushstroke and sign of aging, just as you’d it see on the original painting.

“This new technology lets us do things that we weren't able to do before.” says Dr. Emily E.S. Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis, who’s signature is also on each Mauritshuis Certificate of Authenticity.

“It uses original dimensions and it was a real revelation to see this reproduction. It lets you get a sense of what the texture of the painting is and how it's been built up in layers. It's a great joy to be able to touch the reproductions. To really feel what that texture is like, when we never do that, of course, with the real paintings. So that is really something new!” explains Gordenker.

Verus Art has also paired the power of touch with their commitment to accessibility, launching Art Connection, their Community Outreach Program. Starting with local elementary schools, they are taking The Girl with a Pearl Earring re-creation into classrooms, alongside pieces by Van Gogh, to help teach children about the world’s greatest artists and how styles have changed in the past 400 years.

Special Museum Edition Girl with a Pearl Earring re-creations are now available to order at shop.verusart.com

Vows under the Starry Night – Van Gogh Themed Wedding Ideas

June 15th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Vows under the Starry Night – Van Gogh Themed Wedding Ideas”

Wedding season is upon us and we’re excited for all the brides, grooms and guests who’ll be having the times of their lives!

With the internet providing endless inspiration for spectacular themes, we wondered, what would it be like to have a Van Gogh Themed wedding?

Imagine what a fairytale it could be, surrounded by your favourite Van Gogh Paintings – Starry Night or Almond Blossoms or maybe Sunflowers? It’d be memorable for sure.

To give you some ideas we’ve pulled together our favorite wedding-meets-Van Gogh re-creations!

1. A Starry Night Spectacle

Starry Night by Van Gogh
Starry Night by Van Gogh

“I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

Possibly the prettiest ring box, ever!

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest

We love this floral Starry Night invitation style.

Starry Night Wedding Invitation
Source: Pinterest

Beautiful Starry Night seating cards that guests will want to keep forever.

Starry Night Name cards
Source: Hitched Weddings and Parties

This Wedding Cake is a real showstopper, simply used as the canvas for an icing re-creation.

Starry Night Wedding Cake
Source: Pinterest

Even the tables count, with bold blue and yellow decorations.

Starry Night Table Sets
Source: Save the Dates Events

Don’t forget, candies and desserts can be on theme too!

Starry Night Candies
Source: Pinterest

Finally,  dance the  ‘Starry Night’ away in style. Can this wedding be more romantic?

Starry Night Dance Floor
Source: Bridal Guide

2.  A Midsummer, Sunflowers Dream

The Sunflowers

"You may know that the peony is Jeannin's, the hollyhock belongs to Quost, but the sunflower is mine in a way."

Vincent van Gogh (to Theo)
Letter 573
22 or 23 January 1889

We love how this couple decided to use their favorite painting – The Sunflowers as their wedding theme. From a giant Sunflowers mural to the intimate, outdoor table setting; it really looks like they’re in a dream.

Sunflowers Wedding
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

The sunflowers on the table are just like the ones in Van Gogh’s paintings.

Sunflowers Wedding Table Set
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall
Sunflowers Wedding Table
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

From the desserts to the table setting, every detail subtly echoes the Sunflowers’ warm and rustic color theme. Perfection!

Sunflowers Dessert
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

Head over to the Wedding Chicks blog for the full run down!

3.  Beautiful Almond Blossom Charm

Van Gogh Almond Blossom

Almond Blossoms was painted in 1890 by Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Saint-Rémy, southern France. A celebration for the birth of his nephew, the serene and beautiful Almond Blossoms represent hope and awakening, and were so special to Van Gogh.

This montage perfectly captures the look, with 7 must have items for an Almond Blossom theme!

Almond Blossom Wedding
Source: Laure@FD

Plus, we love this amazing cake design! Perfect for a special wedding cake centrepiece.

Almond Blossom Cake
Source: Van Gogh Museum Twitter
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

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