The inspiration for this curation is the NGV’s Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition, which is due to end on the 12th of July and was curated by art historian Sjraar van Heugten, former head of collections at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Here, we’ve explored the legacy of Van Gogh’s influence with contemporary Australian artworks. There’s a mix of both Van Gogh’s impasto technique, paintings of the four seasons, and even a nude drawing.
Impasto (an Italian word for ‘paste’) is a technique where paint is applied to the canvas so thickly, often with a palette knife, that it stands out from the surface and creates a three-dimensional impression. Artists often mix the paint directly on the canvas to achieve the desired colour. Expressionists, most notably Van Gogh, used the impasto technique to convey feelings and emotion and to reflect light in new ways that the artist can control. This technique can be seen clearly in Liliana Gigovic’s close up painting Fresh Blooms.
Van Gogh had a profound connection to nature and the cycles of the seasons, with autumn being his favourite. The paintings in his short 10-year career depicted the settings for defining moments in the artist’s tumultuous life. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are all represented on our site, so have a look for your favourite season.
Lastly, Van Gogh believed that drawing was "the root of everything" and that drawing from the nude model was an important part of traditional artistic training, though only two of his female nude drawings survive today. One of our most popular artists, Loui Jover, presents his female nude Night Lights drawing in this selection.