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If there’s one thing New Orleans is known for, it’s art. From the iconic sculptures lining Bourbon Street to the vibrant paintings hanging in shops, there’s no shortage of artistic inspiration to be found. There are galleries and studios around every corner, and the city even hosts an annual Museum Month, where places such as the New Orleans Museum of Art offer free admission for members. 

This year, The Van Gogh Immersive Experience is a new art exhibit that has recently made its way to New Orleans. This exhibit is a must-see for any art lover, as it allows you to explore the work of one of the most famous painters in the world. So if you’re ever in New Orleans, be sure to stop by and take some time to wander through these fascinating art exhibits. 

Who Was Vincent van Gogh? 

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Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, 1887. Source: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most celebrated artists in history. A post-impressionist painter, he is best known for his vivid and expressive canvases, which often depicted rural landscapes and scenes from daily life. Born in the Netherlands in 1853, van Gogh endured many obstacles and struggled for much of his life to find success as an artist.  

After moving out of his parent’s house around Christmas of 1881, he was exposed to the work of other great painters, and his style began to evolve. In his twenties, Vincent decided to take painting lessons with his cousin Anton Mauve, an accomplished artist who took Vincent under his wing, teaching him the basics of painting in watercolor and oils. Thanks to Mauve’s efforts, Van Gogh quickly realized his art techniques needed work, and he spent hours practicing his craft. Soon enough with practice, Vincent was able to develop his skills and establish himself as a talented painter. 

Source: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

In 1888, Vincent van Gogh decided to move to the city of Arles in order to find new inspiration for his art. He was immediately struck by the light and color of the city, and his work began to take on a new vibrancy and become more expressive. However, Van Gogh’s newfound happiness was short-lived when his friend and roommate, Paul Gaugin, threatened to leave after a series of heated arguments causing Van Gogh to have a breakdown. He famously cut off part of his own ear in an attempt to dissuade Gaugin from leaving and was subsequently hospitalized. After a few months of dealing with mental episodes, he later decided to admit himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy. 

During his time at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Vincent continued to work on his art and produced around 150 paintings during his year-long stay at the institute. It was during this time that he created his famous Starry Night canvas, as well as an Almond Blossom painting that he sent to his brother Theo as a gift after the birth of his son.

However, Vincent’s time at the psychiatric hospital did not cure him of his mental episodes; in the summer of 1890, he walked into a wheatfield and shot himself, committing suicide. Despite his tragic death, van Gogh’s legacy has endured; his art is now among the most iconic and beloved in the world.  

Van Gogh Experience New Orleans

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The Van Gogh Immersive Experience. Source: nytimes.com

Have you ever wanted to walk through a painting? Now, thanks to the Van Gogh Museum in New Orleans, you can. The museum offers an immersive experience that will have you feeling like you’re right in the middle of one of Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces. With stunning recreations of his most famous works, this is a must-see for any art lover. Located in the Scottish Rite Temple at 619 Carondelet in New Orleans, this 20,000-square-foot exhibit has a two-story projection of Post-Impressionist and Pointillist canvases made by the incredible Dutch painter. 

Tickets start from $32.20 for adults and $19.10 for children, making it an affordable outing for the whole family. The museum is also wheelchair accessible, so no one has to miss out on the experience. In addition, the museum offers private bookings for school events and corporate events, making it a great opportunity to have fun and learn all in one. So grab your camera and get ready for some unforgettable memories! 

Looking for more things to do in New Orleans?

If you’re looking for an immersive experience beyond the art world, New Orleans has plenty to offer. A walking tour is a great way to see the city and its many famous landmarks. Led by knowledgeable and experienced guides, these tours will give visitors a captivating look at the city, its people, and its intricate history.

From the rowdy French Quarter to the beautiful Garden District, there’s plenty to see and learn about in the Crescent City. Book a New Orleans walking tour today and experience for yourself the wonder of this dynamic city!

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