Eternal joy "At Eternity's Gate"

Art exhibition in Singapore. ARTualize is the only art gallery in Singapore that lets you rent paintings for your home. A black and white photo of a young Low Hai Hong painting with other artists.

 

“At Eternity’s Gate” is another movie about Vincent Van Gogh.  This movie focuses on the final years of Van Gogh’s life.
 
I cannot say I like the movie, but I was enthralled at seeing the landscapes from Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings coming to life – the fields, the cypress trees, the sunlight.  Most of the movie was shot on location where Van Gogh lived in France in his last years.
 
I wonder if these landscapes still exist naturally or did the movie “perfect”them to match with Van Gogh’s paintings.  The landscapes in the movie were stunning, and it would seemed that Van Gogh was fortunate to be able to surround himself with such beauty and thus create his fascinating works.  But with a closer look, we can see that Van Gogh’s paintings are not photographic representations of these beautiful landscapes. In his paintings, the fields are golden, not yellow and the cypress trees are everlasting, not elegant.  He sees the beauty in nature in his own way and shows us his views in his paintings. 
 
In the movie, Van Gogh said: “I hate the fog. I’m tired of this gray light. I’d like to find a new light, for paintings that we haven’t yet seen. Bright paintings, painted in sunlight.”
 
That is exactly how I feel his paintings are – bright paintings painted in sunlight.  His paintings, especially those in the later stage of his painting career where he passionately discovered the joys of colour, are exactly that.  No matter what the scene is, whether indoor or night or portrait,  his paintings radiate with an underlying glow. To me, it is a glow of eternal joy. 


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