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May 5th, 2009

Van Gogh Museum

Sat at the Van Gogh museum, watching the artist grow and learn his craft. At first the academic technique of the apprentice, then setting out on his own, growing and learning from his peers and contemporaries, in conversation painting by painting. At a striking time in his life, Van Gogh painted from books of black and white pictures of the great paintings of Van Gogh's favorite master painters. He painted bright, vividly colored renditions. Like a jazz musician, taking the essence of a tune and rebuilding it in a new form, with full brush strokes and bright colors. The same, completely different.

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