Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise. His Closing Months

Van Gogh Museum

12 Might to three September 2023


Wheatfield with Crows, Vincent van Gogh, 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Basis)

From 12 Might, the Van Gogh Museum presents a serious exhibition on Vincent van Gogh’s last months. The artist was immensely productive in the course of the interval that he spent within the northern French village of Auvers-sur-Oise, and the place he created a number of of his best-known work, together with Wheatfield with Crows (1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) and Dr Paul Gachet (1890, Musée d’Orsay, Paris). That is the primary exhibition to supply an summary of what was a quick but essential last part in Van Gogh’s inventive growth.

Van Gogh in Auvers. His Closing Months brings collectively loans from museums and personal collections everywhere in the world, together with masterpieces like The Church at Auvers (1890, Musée d’Orsay, Paris), Adeline Ravoux (1890, non-public assortment) and Blossoming Chestnut Branches (1890, Emil Bührle Assortment, Zurich). Guests may have a novel alternative to view many works by Vincent van Gogh which have by no means beforehand been proven collectively.

Van Gogh in Auvers was organized in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which has loaned eight work as an exception for this particular undertaking.

Emilie Gordenker (Director, Van Gogh Museum): ‘We’re delighted to have the ability to current this glorious exhibition to the world in the course of the yr during which the Van Gogh Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Lots of the works have by no means been proven within the Netherlands earlier than and will likely be right here for the very first time. On this event it’s honest to say that Van Gogh in Auvers is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.’


Official trailer of the exhibition. 

Essential last part
Vincent van Gogh arrived within the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, close to Paris, on 20 Might 1890, having spent a yr at an asylum within the south of France. He hoped {that a} new location, the place he may come and go freely whereas being nearer to his brother Theo in Paris, would allow him to manage extra successfully together with his psychological situation. Auvers was chosen due to the presence of Dr Paul Ferdinand Gachet (1828–1909), a doctor specializing within the therapy of melancholia, who would be capable of assist Van Gogh. Gachet’s circle of buddies included many artists and he himself painted and etched in his spare time.

Auvers appeared like an excellent setting for Van Gogh, who set to work instantly with a way of hope and recent ambition. He took a room at an inn, from which he explored the village and its environment, capturing them in a lot of landscapes and village views. There have been additionally common visits to Gachet’s place, the place he painted vibrant floral nonetheless lifes and several other distinctive portraits, amongst them Dr Paul Gachet (1890, Musée d’Orsay). Van Gogh was extremely productive in Auvers. He typically created multiple portray a day, whereas freely experimenting with new approaches to color, brushwork, codecs and topics.

Inspiring as his new environment have been, emotions of failure, loneliness and melancholy steadily gained the higher hand, culminating in Van Gogh’s determination to take his personal life. He died on 29 July, and was accompanied to his last resting place in Auvers cemetery by his brother Theo, Dr Gachet and a handful of buddies and acquaintances the next day. His status as a painter was nonetheless restricted on the time, however he left behind a powerful physique of labor.

Distinctive loans 
The exhibition brings collectively fifty work and greater than thirty drawings from Auvers. Eight work from the Musée d’Orsay, which initially belonged to Gachet’s kids, have been loaned for this one time to the exhibition, together with masterpieces like The Church at Auvers (1890) and Self-Portrait (1889).

A equally distinctive mortgage is Adeline Ravoux (1890), which belongs to a personal assortment. Van Gogh’s exceptional portray of the innkeeper’s daughter has not been exhibited since 1955 and is being proven within the Netherlands for the primary time. The expressively painted Blossoming Chestnut Branches (1890) from the Emil Bührle Assortment in Zurich, which has additionally by no means visited this nation earlier than, is considered one of Van Gogh’s most spectacular nonetheless lifes.

One other spectacular inclusion is the sequence of ten panoramic landscapes painted in his last weeks, which will likely be reunited for the run of the exhibition. They embrace Fields Close to Auvers (1890, Belvedere Museum, Vienna) and Undergrowth with Two Figures (1890, Cincinnati Artwork Museum). 

Dr Gachet & Van Gogh. Experiments in Etching
The exhibition Van Gogh in Auvers is accompanied by a small-scale presentation titled Dr Gachet & Van Gogh. Experiments in Etching. It options the Van Gogh Museum’s numerous prints of the one etching the artist ever made. The exhibition units the prints within the context of Gachet’s atelier. Throughout his keep in Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh experimented with the etching method for the primary time. The print he made with Gachet testifies to the particular bond they shared. The physician’s observe was in Paris, however in 1872 he purchased a second house in Auvers the place he put in an etching press and started to provide etchings below the pseudonym ‘Paul van Ryssel’. Gachet impressed plenty of artists to experiment with printmaking in Auvers from as early as 1873, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Armand Guillaumin amongst them. Van Gogh additionally produced his first and solely etching at Gachet’s, which he not solely printed utilizing black ink but additionally experimented with completely different colors. Dr Gachet & Van Gogh stems from a analysis undertaking supported by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield with Crows, 1890

Vincent van Gogh

Wheatfield with Crows 

Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, 1890

Vincent van Gogh

Wheatfield under Thunderclouds 

Vincent van Gogh, Tree Roots, 1890

Vincent van Gogh

Tree Roots 

Vincent van Gogh, Velden bij Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890, Belvedere Museum, Wenen

Vincent van Gogh

Fields near Auvers-sur-Oise 

Vincent van Gogh, Kreupelhout met twee figuren, 1890, olieverf op doek, 49,5 x 99,7 cm, Cincinnati Art Museum, legaat van Mary E. Johnston, 1967.1430

Vincent van Gogh

Undergrowth with Two Figures 

Vincent van Gogh, Bloeiende kastanjetakken, 1890, Collectie Emil Bührle, langdurig bruikleen aan Kunsthaus Zürich

Vincent van Gogh

Blossoming Chestnut Branches 

Vincent van Gogh, Zelfportret, 1890, Musée d’Orsay. Foto: Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Vincent van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh, Adeline Ravoux, 1890, privécollectie (met dank aan HomeArt )

Vincent van Gogh

Adeline Ravoux 

Vincent van Gogh, Dokter Paul Gachet, 1890, olieverf op doek, 68,2 x 57 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Parijs

Vincent van Gogh

Doctor Paul Gachet 

Vincent van Gogh, De kerk van Auvers-sur-Oise, 1890, Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt