Van Gogh Up Close

“I…am always obliged to go and gaze at a blade of grass, a pine-tree branch, an ear of wheat, to calm myself”-Vincent van Gogh

Wheat Fields at Auvers Under Clouded Sky

“Wheat Fields at Auvers Under Clouded Sky” Credit: Carnegie Museum of Art

Most people know that Vincent van Gogh was an amazing artist filled with turmoil. Some of the roughest years came at the end of his life in the period between 1886 and 1890. It was at this point that van Gogh gave up his earlier techniques and began experimenting with his art. He went beyond landscapes and still lifes and began focusing on details and perspective. The exhibit Van Gogh Up Close examines the details from this era in both van Gogh’s art and life.

Almond Blossom by van Gogh

"Almond Blossom" Credit: Van Gogh Museum

More than 40 pieces from around the world show another side of van Gogh often forgotten when exhibits highlight the bright side of the artist’s life. Pieces from this era include  Almond Blossom, Sunflowers, Iris, Sheaves of Wheat, and Vineyard at Auvers. The pieces seen here include “close ups” of elements often hidden in the background of van Gogh’s earlier works. The exhibit also includes artists van Gogh sought to emulate in these later days, clearly striving to experiment and create outside of his comfort zone. Key artwork in this exhibit are on loan from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

garden in auvers by van gogh

“Garden in Auvers” Credit: Private Collection

The true beauty of this exhibit is in its efforts to truly understand what van Gogh saw in his final years. His perspective in art changed just as much as his perspective on life. His works are more uninhibited and experimental at this era of his life and the colors explode off the canvas, making you wonder about this man and his short but talented life.

Sunflowers by Van Gogh

"Sunflowers" Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Van Gogh Up Close
Dates: Now through May 6, 2012
Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 AM to 5 PM; Fridays 11 AM to 8:45 PM; Weekends 10 AM to 5 PM; Closed Mondays (select Mondays and weekends have extended viewing hours near the exhibit’s close. See ticketing info for more details)
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tickets: All tickets include exhibit audio tour and museum admission. Adults- $25/Seniors-$23/Students-$20/Children 5-12-$12/Children 4 and under-free. Additional savings days can be found on the sale site here.
Additional visitor information can be found on the website

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