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Five Ways of Seeing Van Gogh’s Irises

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3. Alone

With a little luck and an early arrival to the museum, you just might be able to enjoy Irises alone. If you arrive right at 10 a.m. when the museum opens, the quiet gallery provides a perfect backdrop to really examine the painting. Solitude and seclusion gives the gallery a sense of intimacy that makes it one of my favorite ways to see it.

4. Multiple Times

Detail of IrisesDuring my observations I noticed people often came back to see the painting multiple times in one day. I wonder if it’s due to its emotional complexity. One visitor felt the painting is filled with melancholy and sadness, pointing out Van Gogh’s stay in an asylum and the lone, white flower in the midst of the vibrant, purple irises. On the opposite end of the spectrum, another viewer felt the painting is full of joy, pointing out how vibrant the colors were, and how they manage to rise out of the seemingly dry, brown dirt.

5. Internationally

Visitors from all across the world viewed this famous Van Gogh. In just one hour I heard multiple languages—French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, German, and more. Irises seems to rise above cultural boundaries—a Dutch painting inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints—to strike an emotional resonance amongst all viewers. DH0A5398 One of the great things about art is how we all bring our own perspectives t

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A Pop Soundtrack to the Getty Collection, Vol. 1

Why Hasn't He Called
Young Italian Woman at a Table, about 1895–1900, Paul Cézanne. Oil on canvas. 36 1/4 x 28 15/16 inches. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Music shows off the collection in a new light. More»

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“Who is this man named J. P. Getty?” M. Knoedler & Co. and Getty the Collector

Portrait of James Christie (1730 - 1803)
Portrait of James Christie, 1778, Thomas Gainsborough. Oil on canvas, 50 1/4 x 40 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Gift of J. Paul Getty, 70.PA.16

J. Paul Getty, the mysterious art hunter. More»

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Bringing Barbara Kruger’s “Whose Values” into the Classroom

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A new lesson plan brings Barbara Kruger’s question-based art project to life for teachers and students More»

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The Height of Fashion

Portrait of Louis XIV / after Hyacinthe Rigaud

Louis XIV and the craze for high heels. More»

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Decoding the Medieval Volvelle

Volvelle Animation

It’s part timepiece, part floppy disk, and part crystal ball. More»

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A Brief Introduction to Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Portrait of a Man / Greek
Copyright © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Archaeological Receipts Fund

A guide to these rare and highly expressive artworks. More»

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A 17th-Century Face-Off

Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre / Robert Nanteuil
Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, 1661. Robert Nanteuil after Nicolas Mignard. Engraving. The Getty Research Institute, 2010.PR.60

Masterpieces aren’t the only important objects in art history. More»

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The Seedy, Funky, and Fabulous Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s

Bus Bench Jesus, Ave Pildas
© Ave Pildas

Hollywood as it was in the ’70s. More»

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What’s the Value of a Museum Field Trip?

High school students in conversation with docent Barbara Atherton as they examine the Bust of Commodus.
High school students in conversation with docent Barbara Atherton as they examine the Bust of Commodus.

Do museum field trips really have value? More»

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      Whose Values?, a collaborative project between Barbara Kruger and local high school students, asks some big questions. Here’s what our visitors have been saying.

      What do you think? Justice for whom?

      07/30/15

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