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Van Gogh, up close and personal. The only way to get closer is to visit the museum exhibit.

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New York State Of Mind

I never quite ‘got’ all the fuss about Van Gogh’s work… His paintings always looked a little strange to me.

And then I went to MoMA a few years ago and saw ‘The Starry Night‘ for the first time and just like the Jackson Pollock pieces I’d seen minutes before,  it grabbed me and gave me a thorough shake.  I’d never seen paintings where texture leapt off the canvas.  (I still find myself looking down the side of Mr P’s works  – as close as I’m allowed – to try take pictures of how the paint lies on the canvas – or indeed looks as if it’s fighting with gravity – literally trying to leap off the surface).

Last December, we went back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This time we wandered around their modern art section and saw Van Gogh’s ‘Wheat Field With Cypresses‘…

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Orange collection

Image by Eva the Weaver via Flickr

Painting of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of the...

Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of King Hengy VIIIHenry VIIIImage by WGyuri via Flickr

Orange is one of three secondary colors. Made by mixing varied amounts of the primary colors red and yellow and with white or black, for the various tints. So, when it came to the word Orange, what came first the fruit or the color? The fruit originated in China. The word first came from a Dravidian language (spoken in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia and Singapore) before reaching the English language in 1512 where it was first mentioned at the court of King Henry VIII. Before that, the name red-yellow tagged the color we know as orange . This is why people with “red” hair or “gold” fish are not called, orange-haired or orange fish.

Famous paintings that use the color orange.

Sunrise HarborClaude MonetClaude Monet

3 Impression Sunrise–Claude Monet

Bedroom ArlesVincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

White Grapes,Apples,Pears,Lemons and Orange–Vincent Van Gogh

Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers–Vincent Van Gogh

References:

Orange:   http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange#cite_note-0

What the Color Orange Means:   http://www.ehow.com/facts_5821227_color-orange-means.html

Orange (Word):   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(word)

Orange (Color):   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(colour)

Color Orange Meaning:   http://crystal-cure.com/orange.html

Dravidian languages:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dravidian_language

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