A few years ago I had the chance to see some of Van Gogh’s drawings at an exhibit in Philadelphia. I was stunned by how beautiful and how accomplished they were. Even though publishers tend to bypass his drawings in favor of the more popular paintings, I had seen some reproduced, but drawings suffer even more than paintings in reproduction. I didn’t realize how powerful the actual drawings were until I saw them in person.
A must-see exhibition of Van Gogh’s Drawings has just opened at the Met in NY and runs to 12/31/05. The link below is to the online gallery in the Met’s exhibit listing. The images reproduced here are not large and there aren’t very many of them, but it’s a taste.