The Perth Winter Arts festival may officially be over for 2013 but the delights continue with the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh and Dali. Since they’ve travelled in outstanding company all the way from New York’s MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) it would be foolish to not rush to the Art Gallery of Western Australia to bathe in their glory, angst and pain.
Van Gogh, Dali & Beyond: The World Reimagined is visually stunning and inspires many awe-inspiring moments where you can’t believe you’re actually standing in front of the real thing. Equally enthralling is how they’ve stood the test of time and that many of these masters are relevant and captivating still today.
Consisting of 134 works which include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and media works by 96 artists from the 20th century, they all have one thing in common. With their visual interpretations of landscape, still life and portraiture, they were trail-blazers of the art world.
The very first painting transports viewers to the blazing Mediterranean afternoon with Van Gogh’s The Olive Trees. Other impressionistic masterpieces include Cezanne’s Still Life with Ginger Jar, Sugar Bowl, and Oranges, and his mesmerising Provencal neo-Gothic castle in broad, multihued swatches titled Chateau Noir. Viewers will lose themselves in Klimt’s The Park and the wanton pleasures of Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge.
Dali’s Illumined Pleasures intrigues and impresses with his exquisite brushwork. It’s easy to imagine Diego Rivera becoming entangled in his jumper with his cubistic depiction in Young Man in a Gray Sweater. But it was his infamous wife Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, where she is dressed in Rivera’s oversized suit and surrounded by her hacked-off tresses shortly after their divorce, which is particularly moving.
Presenting some of the most iconic artists and fundamental artistic genres the exhibit lingers until 2 December.