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Cleveland Museum of Art - Van Gogh Repetitions - many, different faces

The different perspectives surrounding the works of The Postman by Artist Vincent Van Gogh.
The different perspectives surrounding the works of The Postman by Artist Vincent Van Gogh.

I never thought an artist like Vincent Van Gogh, who created masterpieces, would be interested in painting or drawing those same masterpieces in different versions or from different points of view. You already created something great. Why would you need to do it again? Vincent Van Gogh liked to create paintings as gifts for family and friends as well as to just envision the works differently. He seemed to believe that everything,even his very own works, had the ability to convey different ideas and perspectives. Van Gogh Repetitions is currently one of the exhibitions at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Looking at this exhibition made me happy as well as disturbed me. It made me happy to see great art and all the colors and shapes that Mr.Van Gogh used in his paintings. It many ways, the works were cheerful. It also disturbed me because it made me think about the different sides of people's personalities. Sometimes, someone is gruff and overbearing in their behavior. Then, you find out that they have a softer side and really care about others. They are somewhat misunderstood, to use a cliche. Other times, you believe that someone is so great and friendly and would never do anything but help you. Then, you find out that they are leading a double life and seem not to respect anyone. In Mr. Van Gogh's works, you see that cheerfulness and that happiness and that sunshine. But also, behind those bright colors, you wonder if the Postman really hated his Customers and wanted them to get their own stinking mail. Maybe he was a gangster who did drugs and sold them too....Okay, probably not. Either way, I believe Vincent Van Gogh's work definitely represents both the positive and negative of people we all know and have known.

Van Gogh Repetitions will be at The Cleveland Museum of Art until Sunday, May 25th. For more information, please visit or call 216-421-7350.