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Canada Chooses Van Gogh

Galleries and museums may have been closed through much of 2020, but interest in the arts remained strong. Which artists did people google search most over the year?

The UK’s Ken Bromley Art Supplies started by looking worldwide. In the top spot? Leonardo da Vinci, who was most searched across 82 countries.

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2020 Most Google Searched Artists Worldwide

i. Leonardo da Vinci
ii. Frida Kahlo
iii. Van Gogh
iv. Artemisia Gentileschi
v. Picasso
vi. Banksy
vii. Diego Velázquez

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In Canada, however, it was Van Gogh who came out on top. Striking recognition for a man who was so unappreciated over his  life time.

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To honour our most searched artist, you’ll find one of his most beloved paintings below: Le chambre de Van Gogh à Arles.

In 1889, he created this work  – ‘suggestive of rest or sleep’ –  in a period of illness and exhaustion. Van Gogh described his initial sketch in a letter to his brother, Theo: ‘‘When I saw my canvases again after my illness, the one that seemed the best to me was the ‘Bedroom’. ‘In a word,’ he said, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination.’

Van Gogh describes the painting’s colours before they faded over the years..

‘The walls are pale violet. The floor is of red tiles.

The wood of the bed and chairs is the yellow of fresh butter, the sheets and pillows very light greenish-citron.

The coverlet scarlet. The window green.

The toilet table orange, the basin blue.

The doors lilac.

And that is all—there is nothing in this room with its closed shutters.’

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Meanwhile, in 2020 Google searches across other parts of the world, the most searched artists were..

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South America

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Vincent van Gogh. A Pair of Shoes. 1887

 

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