Van Gogh and Still Life:
From Tradition to Innovation
17 October 2023 – 21 January 2024
Sompo Museum of Art
The Sompo Museum of Art will soon host “Van Gogh and Still Life Paintings – From Tradition to Innovation” featuring Van Gogh’s still life paintings.
This long-awaited show was originally scheduled for 2020 at this museum known for having one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
Highlights of “Van Gogh and Still Life Painting”
The show will highlight Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the context of still life painting in Europe through the early twentieth century, starting from the seventeenth century Netherlands.
A major part of the exhibits come from prominent institutions including Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands.
The exhibits unveil the influences and impacts of still lifes that Van Gogh received and that he made on other artists in turn.
◆25 Van Gogh’s still lifes on display
Of the approximately 170 still lifes painted by Van Gogh, twenty-five from his early years to his later years will be on display, including his masterpieces Sunflowers and Iris.
◆Still lifes from the Netherlands in the 17th century
In the 17th century, still life painting was established as a field of painting in the economically prosperous Netherlands and Flanders. Along with objects symbolizing the wealth, those to remind of the transience of life were depicted as subjects.
◆Still life of flowers
Flowers became a prominent subject of still life paintings.
The star attractions of this show include “Sunflowers” by Holst among others.
◆ Innovations in still life: the 19th and the 20th centuries
Post-Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne developed a new style in still life painting.
Some twentieth century painters followed suit.
Van Gogh and Still Life: Examples of works on view
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