Vincent Van Gogh is coming back to the NGV
The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia, is bringing back the great works of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh in Van Gogh and the Seasons for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series in 2017.
The exhibition has been curated by Sjraar van Heugten, independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum. The collection of Van Gogh and the Seasons is internationally exclusive to Melbourne and presents the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever travel to Australia.
Van Gogh and the Seasons will explore Van Gogh’s profound connection to the seasons of nature through nearly 50 paintings and drawings. For Van Gogh the seasons represented the circle of life – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Van Gogh repeatedly painted scenes that evoked the sensory pleasures or deprivations particular to each season – spring-time, with its blossoming orchards and flowering meadows; summer, with fields of ripe wheat shimmering under the hot sun; autumn, with bountiful harvests and solitary figures sowing seeds as dusk approaches; and winter, with peasants digging potatoes out of frozen fields, or sharing a meagre meal by candlelight.
The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate Van Gogh’s life and experiences through his observations of the seasonal changes within the natural world. Drawing extensively from Van Gogh’s letters and from research into his deep interest in literature and nature, Van Gogh and the Seasons explores the influences and themes that dominate much of this visionary artist’s work.
See more and purchase tickets here.
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