Art News: Critics Weigh in on ‘Loving Vincent’

The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making headlines this week.

 

Critics Praise Painted Visuals of ‘Loving Vincent’

“Loving Vincent,” the first fully-painted film, is receiving praise from critics for telling a speculative story about the mysterious death of Vincent van Gogh in a unique fashion.

Praise is given for the movie’s unique visual style of using 65,000 individual paintings for every frame, which mimics the artistic style and technique of Van Gogh. The Los Angeles Times states: “As moving pictures…the brushstrokes have an unexpected pull in this uneven but deeply felt homage.”

Variety lauds the seven-year effort it took to create the movie, but hopes that: “Audiences won’t dwell overly on the particulars of how the effect was achieved, concentrating instead on the content of the story, which brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh’s life.”

The New York Times is less favorable, saying the story “limps and drags” and that viewers become accustomed to the film’s visuals, causing their charms to fade during the run time.

The movie-rating site Rotten Tomatoes gives it a favorable 79 percent review with 94 percent of audience members enjoying the movie.

 

Heirs of Matisse Muse Lose Lawsuit

“Pasiphae Chant de Minos” (1944), Henri Matisse

Bloomberg reports that the heir of Greta Moll, a student and muse of Henri Matisse, lost a lawsuit filed against the National Gallery in London for the return of a 1908 portrait of their ancestor said to be stolen during World War II.

Dutch Government: Students Must View Rembrandt Art

“Christ and the Woman of Samaria: Among Ruins” (1634), Rembrandt van Rijn

According to the Guardian, the new Dutch government plans on implementing proposals that will require students to visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and parliament’s lower house at least once during their school years.

 

Brooklyn Museum Exhibits Goya with Contemporary Artists

“El sueno de la Razon produce Monstruos”
(The sleep of reason produces monsters)
(c. 1799), Francisco Goya

Lisa Small, Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum, tells Antiques and the Hearts that “all art was once contemporary art.” The museum demonstrates this with “Proof,” an exhibition that showcases the prints of Francisco Goya along with charcoal drawings from Robert Longo and a film from Sergei Eisenstein.

 

Dali Museum Combines Fashion and Art

“Dali A Man of His Own Time” (2014), Jim Warren

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida is holding “Dali and Schiaparelli,” an exhibition showcasing the works of Salvador Dalí and famed fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. WTSP-10 has the story.

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