Ever wanted to see the work of one of the Western Art’s greatest painters? Now you can.
3D reproductions of some of Impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh’s best work are in Vancouver.
While they aren’t the original pieces, Willem van Gogh, the great, great grandson of Vincent’s brother, Theo van Gogh says they’re so close it’s virtually impossible to know the difference.
“I think its extremely interesting, this type of exhibit because its the first introduction of nine pieces, nine main pieces in Vincent’s legacy here in Vancouver for the people, the audience here in British Columbia, and in the most state of the art way because we brought to Vancouver the 3D reproductions, the Van Gogh museum editions and well, they are so extremely good that you can enjoy them as if they were the originals.”
That’s thanks to 21st century technology. The Van Gogh Museum has developed a new technique that may be the world’s most advanced reproduction tool.
It’s called reliefography, and involves a high resolution 3D scan and 3D print of the work of art.
The result – not just a copy of the image, but one that replicates brush strokes, paint textures, chips and cracks… every physical feature of the original.
The technique is being heralded as revolutionary, and could completely change the world of touring art.
Click to see some of the pieces on display
The display has 9 certified reproductions of artwork.
- Almond Blossom
- The Harvest
- Wheatfield under thunderclouds
- Boulevard de Clichy
- The Bedroom
- Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer
- Landscape at Twilight
Diederick A. van Eck with Tribute International USA, which is touring the pieces, says it’s a chance for Vancouver to engage with a cultural legacy.
“Art is the backbone of a society. If you take the backbone away, then the society collapses, so it is a very important feature to any community, any society in the world.”
The Van Gogh Museum Edition Collection is being hosted at the Oakridge Centre from February 24th to March 27th.
Click here for a Van Gogh brochure to the event.