PETER OSBORNE'S: VASE WITH FIVE SUNFLOWERS
Yesterday our fantastic Copyist artist Peter Osborne brought in his latest artworks and they are absolutely beautiful! My favourite has got to be the stunning reproduction of Van Gogh's 'Vase with Five Sunflowers.' Not only is it incredibly painted, but the original by Van Gogh has an interesting story behind it! For a very long time it was thought that the original image was lost forever having been destroyed in Japan in 1945. However in 2013 a photograph of the sunflower original was discovered, which showed, for the first time since 1945, how the artist wanted his work to be seen. A lucky discovery because the memory of this significant piece almost certainly would have been lost forever.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ORANGE FRAME
Peter Osborne has included a vibrant orange border around the piece which contrasts spectacularly with the deep blue background. The orange is significant because it's a nod to Van Gogh's original that was finished in an orange frame; something which at the time would have been considered a very a bold and pioneering decision! Martin Bailey, a curator and correspondent for The Art Newspaper, explains:
"it was a revolutionary idea at the time, framing a painting in orange. Conventionally, paintings were framed in gilt frames, and modern paintings were sometimes framed in plain white frames. It showed what imagination and flair he had in doing something that was rather bold and would have actually appeared shocking" Martin Bailey, source: bbc.co.uk
Click here to read the full article from The BBC Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23960021
PRESERVING THE MEMORY
Although the original by Vincent Van Gogh may be lost forever, you can see the stunning reproduction of 'Vase with Five Sunflowers' by Peter Osborne at our gallery: Artisan, in Epping Essex. The piece is an original, painted in oil on canvas, just like Van Gogh's would have been. A truly amazing tribute to Van Gogh and his lost artwork.
TATE BRITAIN - VAN GOGH EXHIBITION - ON NOW!
If like me, all this talk of Vincent Van Gogh's artwork is giving you the craving to see his work in the flesh, then you're in luck! The Tate Britain art gallery in London is currently hosting the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. I'm about to buy my tickets now! Get in quick, it's only on until 11 August 2019.
Click here to read more and buy tickets to see ‘The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain’