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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

Appel to van Gogh: Contrasts of Light and Dark

by Experiment Station
I spent an inordinate amount of time standing in front of one painting in particular—Appel’s 1989 work, Magnolia of the Night. I was so enraptured that I ran to our museum shop to see if they had any prints of it. They did not, and rightfully so. The painting absolutely cannot be reproduced in a way that does justice to the original.