zephyr illusions photo by donna October 1992. The view atop Chasseral, Jura Mountains looking across Switzerland to The Alps on the horizon. Fog, intensely thick, rising from Lac Bienne and stretching its fingers high onto the Lignières-Plateau de Diesse after wholly filling the valley below the plateau.

Monday, September 12, 2005

European Adventure 2005 Day 2

today was spent in art museums - the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh. Rijksmuseum is certainly impressive with pieces of historical interest, but it is gazing upon the 400+ years old paintings of Rembrandt and other classical artists that took me to into another time & place... amazing feeling to be standing within inches of the great masterpieces and tangibly feel a disconnection from the present and connection to the past.
But, it was the Van Gogh museum that really captivated me. Van Gogh is my favorite classical artist. i spent a full 5 hours immersing myself into the captivating brushstrokes and use of texture and colors of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings. Van Gogh elicits much emotion in me when i look upon his work and to stand so close and be able to examine each stroke of his brush, pen, pencils and charcoal washes an incredible amount of emotion over me. Van Gogh is very expressive, and, it is totally astounding the number of works he produced in only a few years... the man was truly a genius and had vision and sensitivity beyond imagination. if ever you've the opportunity, check out the Van Gogh museum!... a very well done display of some of the world's greatest art.
also, at Van Gogh museum i gazed upon a few of the works of my second fav classical artist, Claude Monet. it was a good museum day :)

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