Having grown up in France, I was often at the Musée d'Orsay with my father or with my primary school class admiring famous paintings from my favourite impressionists Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley and impressionists Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh of course.
While I have seen my fair share of Van Gogh paintings in my life, Van Gogh and the Seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria is a bespoke exhibition which takes visitors through the year's four seasons.
Visitors are invited to understand Van Gogh's affection for each season and how those reflected his feelings through nearly 50 paintings and drawings.
Due to its popularity, Van Gogh and the Seasons might have a large number of visitors at times however the space is designed to provide an easy flow throughout. The exhibition has now been extended until Wednesday 12th of July due to popular demand.
From now until Saturday 8th of July the exhibition will be open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 8am to 5pm. There will be a special 24-hour opening of the exhibition from Saturday 8th of July 10pm to Sunday 9th of July 10pm. And for its final three days it will be open from 8am until 11pm. Book your tickets online to avoid the queues and enjoy!
To accompany the exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria designed Van Gogh and the Seasons - An Art Book for Kids for little artists to understand the exhibition in a cute and colourful way. The book is guided by a little field mouse named Theo and like the exhibition, it explores the four seasons of nature through Van Gogh's vision.
The book is beautifully illustrated and kindly introduces little readers to Van Gogh, his family history, his birth town and how he came to love nature so much. It also takes a closer look at some of Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition's paintings and explains what Van Gogh was thinking when he painted them.
We love the beautiful illustrations for each season and how it shows the readers the season's affect on nature and animals. We also love the little Van Gogh quotes throughout.
The book also has facts and quizzes on primary and secondary colours, Van Gogh's favourite colour blue, how snow is made, the history behind potatoes in Europe, how to make a paper snowflake, how flowers grow, still life painting and much more.
Spring and summer are by far our favourite seasons. This book shows beautiful cherry blossoms, golden fields of wheat, harvest time and the French countryside. It also has a detailed the list of works at the end of the book. What's you and your child's favourite season?
To celebrate Van Gogh and the Seasons, we are giving away a family pass to attend the exhibition (admits 2 x adults and 3 x children valued at $65) and a copy of Van Gogh and the Seasons: An Art Book for Kids valued at $19.95. To enter, follow the instructions in the giveaway box below. Entries close Wednesday 21st June 2017. Good Luck! Winner will be drawn at random. Giveaway opened to Victoria residents only.