There is no

blue without yellow or without orange.

We have been so lucky that many artworks from the Musee d’Orsay are touring Canberra at the same time as we are.

This week I stood before original works by Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cezanne, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. I stood at the back of the crowd before each painting and determinedly shuffled by way to the front of the pack to have an unobstructed view of each work and found myself moved to tears.

I had thought that seeing Starry Night Over the Rhone would be the highlight of my life, but was surprised to discover that I was more taken by Bedroom in Arles. The colours of the third version are not well represented in any photo that I have seen. The one in my head now is far more vivid and gasp inducing.

When I finally made it to the end of the exhibition I found my children sitting on a bench waiting for me. It was evident that they had been there for some time.

I said to Pip, “I hope you took the time to appreciate what you have just seen.”

His reply? “Oh I appreciated. I just don’t like to amble during appreciation. I appreciate at a pace that you can never achieve.”

As always my Pete likes to buy an artbook as a souvenir. This one has lots of different textures of paper and six beautiful waxy pencils. Too lovely to use for drawing just yet. I just need to appreciate them for a few more days…

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  1. I know exactly what you were feeling looking at those paintings! When seeing the VanGoghs ( along with Gauguins’ paintings) I found myself just holding my breath! Beautiful amazing work and so much passion on those canvasses. I feel lucky to have seen them!

  2. And I thought Pip was a fellow dawdler like you! At least the kids waited patiently and didn’t nag or whinge.

  3. What a treat! We were lucky enough to visit the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam a couple of years ago. I was left speechless at the beauty of some of the paintings.

  4. That was surely worth the long drive! I love Van Gogh, Gaugin and Cezanne, especially. I’m sure they are even more lovely in person.

  5. grandma

    No print gives you the amazing texture of the original. Van Gough’s paintings seem to jump right off the canvas. So fortunate that they kept the tour in Canberra until you got there.

  6. I’ve been pondering whether I can get to Canberra before the exhibition finishes in April.

    I’ve also been thinking of you all today. Hope Pip is out now (5pm) and in recovery.

    x

  7. I hope Pip has recovered now? And did he get the bar?

    I really want to go to Canberra for the Musee d’Orsay exhibition. I was keen to go between Christmas and new year, but was outvoted.

    There’s a few months left, so I’ll be trying my hardest.

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