Zeng Fanzhi is one of the most prolific contemporary painters based in Beijing. His renditions of Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portraits put an interesting twist in the Dutch painters’ life and works. The inspired works by Fanzhi have been on display on the ‘Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh’ exhibit in the Van Gogh Museum since October 20, 2017, and the exhibition will prolong in Amsterdam’s topmost visited museum as of last year until March 05, 2018.
Vincent Van Gogh is known for the users of color palettes and pigments on his impressionist paintings. Often referred to as Christ of the coalmines, his craft is evident mostly on his own portraits. Zeng Fanzhi copied the self-portraits of Van Gogh prior to earning rave headlines for the same. “The more I paint, the stronger the impression I get that Van Gogh is like a character from a fairy tale. I cannot explain why. But as soon as I finish the works, he becomes a legend in my heart,” said Zeng Fanzhi when the event was first unfolded in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
The renditions of the Chinese painter are one to look forward to when you explore masterpiece artworks on a private Van Gogh Museum tour anytime soon. Zeng Fanzhi’s works now exhibited in the museum are more than a copyist imitation but one of a kind art, which prove that Van Gogh still inspires modern artists even 125 years post his demise.
In fact, Van Gogh Museum has exhibited Van Gogh portraits previously as well since he has inspired his own contemporaries in the past. That is one of the reasons why the museum named after him frequently exhibits post-impression artworks on a temporary basis. However, Zeng Fanzhi has earned the bragging rights of recreating the self-portraits of the Dutch artist unlike Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Edvard Munch, or Willem de Kooning before.
The ‘Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh’ exhibition is presented to the visitors by the Van Gogh Museum in tie up with Fanzhi Foundation and courtesy Mr. Chung-kiu Cheung and Mrs. Cecilia Cheung, who are benefactors of ‘The Yellow House’ in Arles. It includes the workshop of Van Gogh from where he discussed artistic visions and ideas with his contemporaries.