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  Vincent Van Gogh, Irises, May 1890

Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

10 March 2019 - 27 June 2019

Few artists have left behind as complete an account of their life and work as Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890). In March 2019, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will present Vincent Van Gogh: His Life in Art, an exhibition showcasing key passages in the artist’s life, from his early sketches to his final paintings, and chronicling his pursuit of becoming an artist.

His Life in Art will present more than 50 portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. It will explore Vincent Van Gogh’s early years as an artist in the Dutch village of Nuenen from 1883 to 1885; his renewed inspiration following exposure to fellow artists and city life in Paris; his further development in Arles, where he created series of landscapes and vibrant portraits; and lastly his inspiration from nature, reflected in the paintings he created toward the end of his life in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. In addition, facsimiles of Van Gogh’s letters will build out the narrative of the artist’s life. Incorporated throughout the exhibition, they trace his hopes of becoming a marketable painter in Paris, his longing to live among a community of artists, and his struggles with his personal relationships and his mental health.

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Vincent Van Gogh, Irises, May 1890
Oil on canvas
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

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