Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night / Exhibition at the MoMA [NY]






MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night,
Exhibition : > January 5, 2009







The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, are collaborating on Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night, the first exhibition to be dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s representations of the evening and night, a theme that recurs throughout his oeuvre.





Vincent van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh
The Starry Night. 1889.
Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4″ (73.7 x 92.1 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest.
© All rights reserved





    “It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly coloured than the day.”

    Vincent van Gogh, Arles, 8 September 1888






Celebrated works from international collections will include The Starry Night (MoMA), Eugène Boch (The Poet) (Musée d’Orsay), and The Potato Eaters (Van Gogh Museum), as well as other iconic paintings, including The Night Café (Yale University Art Gallery), which will only be shown at MoMA, and works on paper. Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night is the first collaborative project between MoMA and the Van Gogh Museum.

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 his nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings.

Vincent van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh.
Eugène Boch (The Poet). 1888.
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 17 11/16″ (60 x 45 cm).
Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Bequest of Eugène Boch through the Société des Amis du Louvre, 1941.
© Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY.
Photo: Hervé Lewandowski.

Vincent van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh.
The Starry Night over the Rhône. 1888.
Oil on canvas, 28 ½ x 36 1/4″ (72.4 x 92 cm).
Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Gift of M. and Mme Robert Kahn-Sriber, in memory of M. and Mme Fernand Moch, 1975.
© Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY.
Photo: Hervé Lewandowski.

Vincent van Gogh


Vincent van Gogh.
The Night Café. 1888.
Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 36 1/4″ (72.4 x 92.1 cm).
Yale University Art Gallery, Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903.
© All rights reserved



Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night 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 approximately 40 works, including paintings, drawings, letters, and letter sketches that Van Gogh sent to his brother Theo and to close friends such as the artists Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. Together, these works will elucidate the artist’s creative process and the role of night scenes in the larger context of his oeuvre.


The exhibition will be on view at MoMA from September 21, 2008, to January 5, 2009, and at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from February 13 to June 7, 2009. It is organized by Joachim Pissarro, Adjunct Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries, Hunter College, New York; and Sjraar van Heugten, Head of Collections, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.


Publication:

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night will be published to accompany the exhibition. Contributors include Joachim Pissarro, Sjraar van Heugten, and Chris Stolwijk. Van Gogh Museum / The Museum of Modern Art, 160 pages, 115 illustrations, in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Hardcover: $45.00. Paperback (only in MoMA stores): $30.00.


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