Vincent van Gogh spends the final two months of his life in Auvers- sur-Oise, where Doctor Gachet lives, a friend of the Impressionists, a collector and an amateur painter. On 27 June 1890, the doctor lends Van Gogh a palette so that the artist could finish the portrait of his daughter Marguerite. This historic palette is now part of the Musée d’Orsay’s collection. Serving as an imaginary virtual landscape, Van Gogh’s Palette offers visitors a uniquely interactive and sensory experience of works painted by Van Gogh during this crucial period of his career.
The palette: In order to recreate Van Gogh’s palette in 3D, photogrammetry software was used to find the painting’s materiality, sculpted by brushstrokes, along with all the tiny variations of color.
The guide: in this particular universe, the guide is Van Gogh’s The Kingfisher, a painting that now hangs in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. On each occasion, its flight indicates the area of the palette into which the user is teleported and the objects with which they are invited to interact.
Interacting with matter: interactions made possible throughout the experience enable the user to manipulate Van Gogh’s pictorial matter in order to understand his way of working. Their whole body is engaged in this confrontation with the painting. Three types of interactions have been developed: distortion, colors and brushstrokes.
The music: the piano notes are from Liszt’s transcriptions of operas by Wagner, whom Vincent van Gogh greatly admired. The melodies have been reworked, either slowing them down or speeding them up, so as to suggest the disorientation and suspended time during which the artist painted his works.
Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise The Final Months, Musée d'Orsay
From October 03rd, 2023 to February 04th, 2024
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