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In honour of the latest Doctor Who ep, "Vincent & the Doctor" - which I loved - this is my favourite Van Gogh painting:

Blossoming Almond Tree, 1890



I've never seen this painting before til I saw it in the Van Gogh Museum in Amesterdam. I had no idea he went through a Japanese period. In the episode, it was mentioned quite a few times about how Van Gogh saw colour and that was what drew me to this painting. I love that colour blue. If memory serves (this was back in '03) I do believe I literally let out a little gasp when I saw the painting. I didn't buy a lot of souvenirs on that trip (one of the downfalls of backpacking) but I left Amesterdam with not only a print but also a bag featuring the painting.

ETA: It was a bit jarring to hear Van Gogh pronounced as "Van Goff". I'm assuming that's the British pronunciation? I've always heard it as "Van Go" and that's how I say it. Ahhhh, the things you learn from Doctor Who!

What are your favourite paintings, f-list? I would love to see!

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worlddescending
Jun. 6th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
We lugged a Van Gogh museum posterbox all around Prague after our weather-related stopover in Amsterdam. The museum was a real treat to me, too! Van Gogh related though, an impressionist exhibit came through here for a while and we went and they had Starry Night on display and I was truly startled at how SMALL it was.
shing_
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
By the time we got to Amesterdam, we were pretty mueseumed out but we made sure we visited van Gogh. I remember being disappointed that Sunflowers wasn't there - it was on loan to another museum at the time.
cerisaye
Jun. 6th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, Van Goff is the usual British pronunciation though sometimes it is Van Goch as in Scottish 'loch' (obviously Sassenachs, i.e. English people, cannot say that properly), which I believe is slightly closer to the proper Dutch way of saying the name. I LOVED that the TARDIS 'translates' Vincent as Scottish like Amy.
shing_
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
You know, the accent thing didn't even click until I watched the Confidential even with the "are you from Holland too?" exchange.
cerisaye
Jun. 7th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Probably I am more attuned to the accents, being Scottish myself! Moff's Scottish Agenda is very amusing, whether deliberate or not. :D
un_sedentary
Jun. 6th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
In Hebrew/Russian I always heard it pronounced van Goch, as in a Scottish loch, as cerisaye said. I always assumed it was pronounced the way it was in English because English doesn't have that vowel sound.
shing_
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Interesting. I get the "Goch" but the British "Goff" is strange to me but... *thinks* ... I guess the "gh" = "ff" is common (ie laugh, cough)
ptc555
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
i love love LOVE van gogh. when i was in high school i was obsessed with starry night and i did all these art projects about van gogh and then when me and my friends went to NYC in our last year and we saw a real van gogh it was just this amazing moment and me and my friend matt freaked out an hyperventilated over it to a point where the security guard had to tell us to take a step back and take a deep breath. it seems so silly but at the time just seeing it in real life was amazing.

shing_
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
That's kinda awesome lol You definitely need to visit the van Gogh museum someday then!
phetch
Jun. 7th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
That's really pretty! I don't remember seeing that one there, but I do remember being overwhelmed, so maybe that's why. I can never reproduce the way the Dutch say his name...
shing_
Jun. 7th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
I should really hang up that print. Only problem is that I'm not sure where it disappeared to, probably in my old room tucked safely away.
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