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Gold leaf on canvas reimagining of the Mona Lisa by Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant

Mona Lisa Gold #1, 2021

Gold leaf on canvas

84 x 66 inches (213.4 x 167.6 cm)


Installation view: Gus Van Sant: Mona Lisa, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz; Artworks © Gus Van Sant; Photo by Stefan Altenburger; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Van Sant is showing his new paintings at Vito Schnabel's gallery in Switzerland.

In 1963, an 11-year-old Gus Van Sant traveled from Connecticut to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his painter grandmother to see the Mona Lisa on its tour to New York. They waited outside the museum in the bitter cold, then faced the pushy crowds to glimpse the famously small painting, After taking that quick glance, he understood why some people say life’s more about the journey than the destination.

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