Vincent van Gogh – The Landscapes / Spectacular exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel

Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

Vincent van Gogh
Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes
26 April – 27 September 2009

On April 26, the Kunstmuseum Basel will be opening a spectacular exhibition showing the world’s first complete survey of landscape paintings by the legendary Vincent van Gogh. Seventy paintings – both world-famous key works and paintings little known to the general public thus far – promise to provide new access to Van Gogh’s art.

Vincent van Gogh


Ernte in der Provence, Juni 1888
Öl auf Leinwand | 50 x 60 cm
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Gift of Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem, from the collection of Miriam Alexandrine de
Rothschild, daughter of the first Baron Edmond de Rothschild B66.1039
Foto © The Israel Museum by Avshalom Avital

The landscapes in which Van Gogh lived were seminal influences on both the man and his work. This will be the first exhibition to highlight the continuity of his artistic quest exclusively through his landscape paintings. We will, for example, see the earth tones of Van Gogh’s early Dutch work gradually give way to a more luminous, colour-oriented technique after his encounter with contemporary French art in Paris, and find him going on to achieve intensely heightened hues in Arles. But it is in Saint-Rémy that his work finally reaches a consummate degree of tension, with every element of the landscape seemingly seized by a sort of inner agitation. The last period of his life, in Auvers, once again represents a new artistic beginning. Using cooler, more broken tones, Van Gogh creates a cycle of wide, panorama-format paintings dedicated to the landscapes of northern France.

This first comprehensive presentation of Van Gogh’s landscapes allows the artist’s contextual understanding of his works to emerge. Van Gogh translated his original thematic interest in nature’s cyclical quality into a principle of series and cycles of works. These cycles and the forms with which he variously experimented are partially reconstructed in the exhibition. Introducing the sower and the mower, and using subjects like blossoming fruit trees and the corn harvest, he emphasised nature’s cycle of continual renewal.

Vincent van Gogh


Blumenbeete in Holland, April 1883
Öl auf Leinwand | 48.9 x 66 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1983.1.21
Foto: Courtesy of the board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Vincent van Gogh


Blühender Garten mit Pfad, Juli 1888
Öl auf Leinwand | 72 x 91 cm
Collection of the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
Foto: © Collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Vincent van Gogh


Zypressen, Juni 1889
Öl auf Leinwand | 93,3 x 74 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1949. (49.30)
Foto: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Throughout his brief artistic career, Van Gogh created works celebrating the uniqueness and beauty of nature’s glory. The exhibition presents the complete vista of van Gogh’s world: village and urban landscapes, gardens, parks and fields, olive groves and vineyards. The artist’s intense inner connection with nature is documented through a host of outstanding works including The Wheatfield from the Honolulu Academy of Arts; Peach Blosssom in the Crau from The Courtauld Gallery, London; and The Olive Trees from The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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~ by Stampfli & Turci on April 25, 2009.

One Response to “Vincent van Gogh – The Landscapes / Spectacular exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel”

  1. ive observed that his paintings have nature as their subject. fabulous works of art.

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