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VAN GOGH         "UNDERGROWTH WITH TWO FIGURES"

Van Gogh exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, which is focused on the piece "Undergrowth with Two Figures," is the central point of the exhibition. This pivotal exhibit examines the role of the forest interior, or sous-bois, in the Vincent van Gogh's work. The deep psychological implications in "Undergrowth with Two Figures", is hidden. First off, the woman is nearly blended in with the background to represent a figment of Van Gogh's mind. She may represent a multitude of feelings for the artist. The male figure is dark to represent the depression of the formidable painter.

The Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit "Into the Undergrowth" seeks to evaluate the artist’s stylistic approach, substance and techniques through this unique selection of Van Gogh landscape works. A common theme among Van Gogh is the forest. The forest represents the mind of Van Gogh, and the fields are beautiful but gloomy at the same time. The woman may also represent happiness for Van Gogh but it seems unattainable for him. Or, that he walk with his pain and she is constantly a reminder of his misfortune, hence her ghost-like appearance. It even seems as there is only really one figure in the piece but the title clearly states two, so that we may take a better look.

The Undergrowth begins to consume the figures who are painted similarly to the trees. The trees represent other people who are alive and not sunken, but the figures consumption by the foliage suggests a deepening depression and despair that Van Gogh finds himself unable to escape from, as he tries to leave but turns to look at himself.

Featuring a vast array of pieces on loan from American, Asian, and European collections. Allowing visitors to compare the works on display to Van Gogh's contemporaries including Théodore Rousseau, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Expressionism fans will find the exhibit extremely informative. The exhibit runs from October 15, 2016 through January 8, 2017 in gallery 233.

BY JIM KAPSALIS

SOURCE: CINCINNATI ART MUSEUMS WEBSITE




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