October 22, 2007

Worshipping Van Gogh online

In the Sunday Times, the Auberge Ravoux may someday be a video cyber shrine to former resident Vincent Van Gogh. "Dominique-Charles Janssens, who owns the country inn near Paris where Van Gogh spent his last days, intends to bid for The Fields, one of his last paintings, at Sotheby’s on November 7 so that he can hang it in the room in which the artist died. Janssens is raising money on the internet by offering donors a personal access code. It would allow them to view the painting at any time through a webcam in the attic room above a cafe where Van Gogh died two days after shooting himself in a field. 'This has become my challenge, my obsession, my dream,' said Janssens last week, complaining that Van Gogh’s paintings were mainly in museums or private collections far from where they were painted." Read more.