Few artists have left behind as complete an account of their life and work as Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890).
In March, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents “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 presents more than 50 portraits, landscapes and still lifes. The exhibition will be on view at the museum from March 10 to June 27.
In a major collaboration, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, which, together, hold the largest collections in the world of Van Gogh’s work, will lend pieces to Houston.
“This exhibition will offer visitors a vivid portrait of Van Gogh’s evolution as an artist,” commented MFAH director Gary Tinterow. “We are grateful to the Van Gogh and Kröller-Müller Museums for lending so many of these rarely traveled masterworks from their collections for this exclusive presentation here in Houston.”
“The popular story of Van Gogh has tended to focus on his last few years and his death,” said David Bomford, curator of the exhibition and chair, Department of Conservation, and Audrey Jones Beck curator, Department of European Art, MFAH. “But there is a rich and complex narrative that starts much earlier, one that is defined by Van Gogh’s tremendous drive to become an artist.”