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Exhibition October 26, 2019 − February 2, 2020

Van Gogh: Still Life

Exhibition "Van Gogh: Still Life»Explores an experimental, innovative character that Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) attributed to his still lifes.

In a still life, the artist achieved a singularity: it was a suitable environment for his struggle with the expressive power of color. His persistent experiments with the genre reflect his artistic development. Here he abolished modernism, but did not leave the important role that still life played in Dutch painting from the 17th century. The result is a symbolic, existential art that continues to radiate energy today.

During one decade (1881-1890), Van Gogh completed more than 170 still lifes. The paintings reflect his response to impressionism, which Van Gogh personally saw in Paris between 1886 and 1888, as well as the influence of color prints from Japan. Still lifes describe the artist’s path to a more free and intensive use of paint.

The exposition presents 27 Van Gogh paintings in a representative selection illustrating the artist's artistic evolution. It traces creativity from gloomy, earthy studies written in the early period of Van Gogh between 1881 and 1885, to still lifes with bright fruits and flowers, which he painted in Arles, Saint-Remy and Overseas.