This Christmas break, I went to see the Van Gogh Immersive exhibit in downtown San Francisco. It was a unique, moving, delightful and expansive experience It was my first time to see the artworks of Van Gogh, and the show was a great window on the artists work, creatively put together and nicely presented.
The show inspired me to find out more information and artworks by him. I found that Van Gogh was generally considered one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. The striking color, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work powerfully influenced the current style of Expressionism in modern art. Van Gogh was a pioneer in the movement of impressionism by applying a mix of brilliantly colorful, vigorous brushstrokes. I like his sunflower paintings. Van Gogh’s paintings of Sunflowers are among his most famous. Those sunflower paintings felt so bright and warm, and they had a special significance for Van Gogh: they communicated ‘gratitude’.
From the internet, I also found a very interesting article that compared Van Gogh’s sunflowers with other artists, titled Vincent van Gogh, Qi Baishi, and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Compared. Whose Artwork is the Best? Written by Jiguang Lin.
I was really impressed by the comparison conclusion :
“When those art critics carried out the detailed research of the Sunflowers by Van Gogh and Qi Baishi as well as H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the critics tried to copy the artworks by all three artists. After copying the works by Van Gogh and Qi Baishi, they felt deeply that through hands-on practice, they indeed gained more understanding of their works. It would not be easy but not so difficult either for one to really reach their artistic level. As for the Sunflowers by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, they found it rather difficult to copy. Even though they tried many times, they had a hard time just copying the form, let alone the spirit.
The author concluded, “The Sunflowers by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III clearly showed the artist’s solid foundation and prolific skills in the Eastern and Western painting traditions. They comprise the essences in both traditions and display a brushwork, sentiment and colors that are one of a kind. The color tones and brushstrokes are rich, dense, soothing and elegant. Lively brushwork paints an animated charm that is whole, evincing a miraculous and expansive spirit and aura as well as a strong vitality. As for the Sunflowers oil painting in which H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III depicted some flowers inside a vase, the artistry is extraordinary and full of variations; the composition is simple yet abstruse. The flowers are natural and gracious, such that they give an impression of unpredictability, reaching a state of oneness with the universe and emanating a sharp animated spirit.
The ink-wash painting Sunflowers by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has an uninhibited, natural, and spontaneous brushwork that is dense, bold, and robust, but also elegant and agile. It exhibits a charm that is like stone and bronze inscriptions. Overall, the whole painting manifests a harmonious and moving imagery, naturally emanating a lively vivaciousness and a carefree, spirited aura”.
The author of the article Mr. Lin mentioned he purposely visit the International Art Museum of American in San Francisco, which has a great deal of collection of the art works by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The very next day I visited the museum, which was also free admission. I was profoundly impressed by the grand and beautiful art works in the museum. There are various artworks that are created with different kinds of material. Some are bold and forthright, some are charmingly meticulous and astounding. The oeuvre is not made up of just one single style. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has independently originated sixteen unique schools of painting. Many famous painters spent their entire lives focusing on one kind of artistic subject or theme in order to establish their own school of that one style. Besides the different kinds of paintings, there are some other art works in the museum such as carvings, Chinese calligraphy, painted tiles, splendid jade, and unique art frame has the color and texture of tree root, they are all created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III as well. These truly are the manifestation of Buddha’s supreme wisdom.
H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Van Gogh have different perspective of the Creation of Art, the motivation of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s creation comes from the desire to make the most perfect artistic treasure to the world. Van Gogh’s quote: “Art is to console those who are broken by life”.