Top 10 works by Vincent Van Gogh

If you’re thinking about where to go in Dubai or Abu Dhabi this weekend or thinking of new places to visit in the UAE, tickets for Van Gogh Alive at Abu Dhabi National Theatre are now available until February 26th and from March 11th – April 23rd at Dubai Design District .

Combining a specially chosen score of classical music with over 3,000 images, you’ll see some of the artist’s most famous paintings as well as other inspirational images displayed on the walls, floor and ceiling of the exhibition using 40 high-definition projectors – it’s one of the best places to visit in the UAEand one for anyone who’s travel planning in Dubai or Abu Dhabi! 

With the arrival of Van Gogh Alive in the UAE, we’ve put together the top ten works from the man himself:

1: Sunflowers: The title of two series of paintings Van Gogh created in late 1888 and 1889, they are among some of the artist’s most recognizable, and reproduced, works. Featuring seven works in total, the paintings were praised for the range of yellows used to capture the variations in colour and tone of the sunflowers.

2: Self-Portrait, September, 1889. The last of Van Gogh’s many self-portraits, this may be his most famous. Showing the artist wearing a blue suit with white undershirt, his striking red beard and hair is contrasted against the swirling blue brush strokes of the background. It hangs in the Musee d’Oray in Paris.

3:  The Starry Night, 1889: Created when the artist was a patient at an asylum at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, the painting is one Van Gogh’s most famous landscape works. Featuring swirls of stars in the night sky over a village, Van Gogh painted around 20 different versions of the scene. ‘The Starry Night’ can be viewed as part of the permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

4: Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe, 1889. As well as his talent as an artist, Van Gogh is well known for an act of self-mutilation in which he cut off part of his right ear. In this self-portrait, the artist can be seen wearing a blue cap and green coat. The bandage over his ear is the result of his slicing off his right earlobe, which he famously presented to a prostitute named Rachel. It currently hangs in London’s The Courtauld Gallery.

5: Bedroom in Arles, 1888. The title refers to a series of three works created between 1888 and 1889 that depict the artist’s bedroom. Although similar, it is possible to tell the paintings apart from the pictures on the wall on the right. In 2016, the Art Institute of Chicago bought all three versions, displaying them to the public together for the first time.

6: Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888. In this landscape, Van Gogh captures both the reflections of street lamps and the shimmering water of the river Rhone.  The artist took inspiration from the challenges painting at night presented. This painting was first exhibited a year before Van Gogh’s death and is now displayed at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

7: Wheatfield with Crows, 1890: While the debate rages as to whether or not this was Van Gogh’s final painting, his depiction of a wheat field under a dramatic and dark sky is one of a number of paintings showing the artist’s appreciation of nature and the people who worked the land. It can be seen at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

8: Road with Cyprees and Stars, 1890: Analyzed by art critics as a reflection of Van Gogh’s feeling that he was soon to die, the work would be his final painting from his time in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. The artist himself compared the painting to ‘Christ in the Garden of Olives’ by his friend Paul Gauguin. It is on display in the Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo in Holland.

9: The Night Café, 1888. This oil painting depicts the Café de la Gare, compete with five customers slumped around the room and an idle billiards table. This work is notable for the way the oil paint was thickly applied and its downward perspective. It is currently displayed at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut.

10: Self-portrait with Straw Hat, 1887: In this painting, Van Gogh depicted himself dressed in summer clothes, his one green and one blue eye examining the viewer. Painted on cardboard instead of canvas, the artist used dashes of colour to highlight the detail of his beard and straw hat. This famous self-portrait is displayed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

When: Abu Dhabi, 14th January - 26th February. Dubai, 11th March - 23rd April

Where: Abu Dhabi National Theatre and Dubai Design District

Purchase tickets through: Platinum List, Virgin Megastore, Dubai Calendar app

10 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT VINCENT VAN GOGH

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If you’re looking for where to go in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or some of the UAE’s best attractions – then look no further! Van Gogh Alive will be arriving in the UAE from January 14th – February 26th at Abu Dhabi National Theatre and at Dubai Design District from March 11th – April 23rd.

Combining specially chosen score of classical music with over 3000 images. You’ll see some of the artist’s most famous paintings as well as other inspirational images displayed on the walls, floor and ceiling of the exhibition using 40 high-definition projectors – it’s one of the best places to visit in the UAE and one not to be missed!

With the arrival of Van Gogh Alive in the UAE, we’ve put together the ten must-know facts about the man himself.

  1. He had a brother with the same name – Vincent had an older brother who died at birth, his name was also Vincent Van Gogh.
  2. His most famous artwork was created while in an asylum – He painted one of his most famous paintings, ‘Starry Night’ while in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France. Available to experience at both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai exhibitions.
  3. He only sold one painting while he was alive – Although he painted more than 900 paintings in his lifetime, he only sold one painting in that time, The Red Vineyard. Van Gogh became famous only after his death.
  4. It’s still unclear whether his death was suicide – Van Gogh died in 1890 under mysterious circumstances. One theory is that he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, but a recent theory also suggests that there is a possibility he was murdered.
  5. He was too poor to pay his models – When Van Gogh first began painting he used peasants to model as he was too poor to hire real models.
  6. He suffered from multiple illnesses – The main condition Van Gogh suffered from was thought to be temporal epilepsy, a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures. During one of his seizures, he attempted to attack his friend Paul Gauguin with an open razor which resulted in Vincent cutting off a piece of his own ear – but not the whole ear as is often rumored.
  7. The colours we see in his paintings are not as he intended – Although Van Gogh is famous for the rich colours in his work, the colours we see are actually not what he intended – particularly the yellow tones. Van Gogh used an unstable pigment called ‘chrome yellow’ that was prone to fading or browning over time, so we can only imagine the luminosity his paintings once held. If you’re stuck for what to do in the UAE this weekend, come and experience the colours yourself!
  8. His sister-in-law made him famous – After both his brothers died, his sister-in-law Johanna inherited hundreds of paintings and made it her mission to promote Van Gogh’s work, loaning pieces to various exhibitions.
  9. He wrote over 800 letters in his life – Mainly to his brother, Theo, who financially supported Van Gogh for most of his life. His letters were later published by his sister-in-law, Joanna, in an effort to have his life story heard.
  10. He aspired to be a pastor – Although Van Gogh went on to be one of the world’s most famous artists (albeit without him knowing), his earliest career aspiration was to be a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church, following in his father’s footsteps.

When: Abu Dhabi, 14th January - 26th February. Dubai, 11th March - 23rd April

Where: Abu Dhabi National Theatre and Dubai Design District

Tickets purchased through: Platinum List, Virgin Megastore, Dubai Calendar app

 

 

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience arrives in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

If you’re looking for new things to do in Dubai – then look no further! Forget your weekly Mall of the Emirates shop or going to Dubai Parks and Resorts, check out Van Gogh Alive at Abu Dhabi National Theatre (January 14th – February 26th) and at Dubai Design District (March 11th – April 23rd). 

But this is no ordinary exhibition! If you’re stuck for where to go in Dubai, Van Gogh Alive combines a specially chosen score of classical music with over 3000 images. You’ll see some of the artist’s most famous paintings as well as other inspirational images displayed on the walls, floor and ceiling of the exhibition using 40 high-definition projectors – it’s not to miss! 

In what will be one of the best places to visit in Dubai, visitors are introduced to a unique symphony of light, colour and sound as the artist’s famous artworks are shown in their entirety, broken down into highlighted sections or magnified on a huge scale. More than just another Dubai exhibition, Van Gogh Alive is a full-sensory, multi-media experience that is a world away from the traditional, often silent and sometimes unnerving, gallery shows.

Whether you’re a tourist looking for Dubai attractions or if you’re simply looking for activities in Dubai, the exhibition is the perfect day out not only for adult art lovers but for families too as youngsters get the chance to playfully interact with the paintings and pictures on display. 

Visitors will feel as though they are immersed in Van Gogh’s art, as waves of images and sound wash over them and fill the exhibition space.