"Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night" Exhibition

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Throughout his career, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His procedure followed the trend set by the Impressionists of "translating" visual light effects with various color combinations. At the same time, this concern was grafted onto Van Gogh's desire to interweave the visual and the metaphorical in order to produce fresh and deeply original works of art. These different artistic concerns found themselves powerfully bound together in Van Gogh's nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings. This exhibition will present new insight into Van Gogh's depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist's career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind.

[Image: Vincent van Gogh "The Starry Night over the Rhône" (1888) Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Gift of M. and Mme Robert Kahn-Sriber, in memory of M. and Mme Fernand Moch, 1975. © 2008 Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski]



from September 21, 2008 to January 05, 2009

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