Several months ago I had the good fortune of checking out the Dreams and Reality exhibition held at The National Museum of Singapore, featuring over 140 Salon, Realists, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists paintings, photographs and drawings from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, from the collection of the world renowned Musée d’Orsay.
It was an amazing show and personally meaningful for me, because couple decades ago, I was sitting in a dark classroom looking at slides of many of the same paintings in Art History 101 class. To now be able to view these works of art in real life was an amazing experience! And I didn’t even have to fly to Paris, be squeezed in a madhouse crowd (like when I was at the Louvre, viewing the Mona Lisa) because these paintings came to Singapore instead! The museum was relatively quiet when I went and I even signed up for the curator’s tour to obtain additional background information of selected pieces.
The Birth of Venus, 1863
War or The Cavalcade of Discord, 1894
Young Peasant Girl Lighting a Fire, 1887-1888
Dancers Climbing a Staircase, 1886-1890
Starry Night Over The Rhone, 1888-1889
Vincent Van Gogh
I think the Van Gogh Starry Night paintings are very beautiful, including this one. I am so lucky I was able to get up close and study the individual brush strokes that made up this painting. *taking it all in, every stroke and color* It’s truly amazing (and trippy).
I visited the other Starry Night painting at the MoMA (NY) eonssssssss ago. Suffice to say though, that Van Gogh’s Starry Night series of paintings are much beloved by many and they have inspired other creative iterations (song, fashion, etc).
There were many other masterpieces which I got to ogle at in the exhibition, such as Monet, Millet, Mondrian, Toulouse-Lautrec, etc. For the full album of photos, including some close-up shots of several paintings I’ve taken, head on over to my Facebook page → http://www.facebook.com/MBxMB.
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See ya later, alligator! }:)