The staff of Lavandula were recently invited as special guests to the National Gallery of Victoria's exhibition, Van Gogh and The Seasons.
Let's go back a bit. The organisers of the Van Gogh exhibition travelled around Australia and parts of Europe to capture footage reminiscent of the places, environments and seasons experienced by the great artist. We were delighted the NGV chose Lavandula Farm as a location for a number of key scenes in a short documentary that heads the exhibition - narrated by David Stratton and David Wenham.
It makes sense to call NGV's exhibition, Van Gogh and the Seasons, because of his deep fascination for the natural world and his love of the seasons.
I think I can speak for the group when I say that we all appreciate the arts. Seeing the original paintings of a true master was breathtaking. Whilst Van Gogh's canvases were generally modest in size, his use of bold colours and confident brushstrokes were impressive indeed.
As I mentioned, the NGV visited Lavandula several times to photograph our gardens and stone buildings for their exhibition documentary. One of the highlights was recreating Van Gogh's famous flower paintings with real flowers.
The image above is a photograph by Sue Hariharan. Based on the painting below.
It was a wonderful day. Thank you, NGV.