Van Gogh to Kandinsky :: Van Gogh à Kandinsky

A critic at my house sees some paintings. Greatly perturbed, he asks for my drawings. My drawings! Never! They are my letters, my secrets.
— Paul Gauguin

I went to see the The Van Gogh to Kandinsky exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and it was well worth the visit, even though we were 6 bodies deep at some point in time -) Because of the number of people that were there, it was difficult to draw — let alone draw a straight line. What I love about visiting museums is to try and reproduce, very quickly, the paintings of some of my favourite artists… once you have sketched their painting, an understanding dawns on you and gives you an inside perspective as to how the painter felt when he was painting it or what he was seeing. It gives you a glimpse of what was and on the plus side, I learn how they draw. I drew Gaughin’s Les meules jaunes & Le gardien de porcs, Vincent Van Gogh’s les Saules au coucher du soleil, Jean Metzinger’s Nu debout, a Cézanne still life and a painting from De Vlaminck. It is a great feeling to draw and learn from the Masters. If you still have not seen this exposition, it ends on Sunday January 25, 2015.

Je suis allée voir l’exposition de Van Gogh à Kandinsky au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal et même si nous étions 6 personnes de profond, donc bien difficile pour dessiner, j’ai quand même eu la chance de dessiner ces petits croquis qui me permettent d’entrevoir comment est-ce que ces grands maîtres de la peinture pouvaient “voir” leur peinture. Ceci nous permet de rentrer un tout petit peu dans leur monde et c’est un grand privilège. Vous devriez l’essayer pour voir -) J’ai dessiné Gaughin’s Les meules jaunes & Le gardien de porcs, Vincent Van Gogh les Saules au coucher du soleil, Jean Metzinger Nu debout, une nature morte de Cézanne et une peinture de De Vlaminck. Si vous n’avez pas encore été visiter cette exposition, dépêchez-vous car elle finit ce dimanche, le 25 janvier 2015.

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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