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Van Gogh & Gauguin in Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam,
from 9 February to 2 June 2002

Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

    "The meeting of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin marked the beginning of one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of modern art. The tale of their collaboration, mutual admiration, friendship and rivalry, definitively established the image of the possessed artist who gives up everything for the sake of his work. The incident in which Van Gogh cut off a piece of his ear after a fierce quarrel with Gauguin has become legendary and still stirs the imagination of many. Less attention has been paid to the fact that for both artists the collaboration proved to be truly inspiring. This aspect is highlighted in the exhibition Van Gogh & Gauguin at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam 9 February - 2 June 2002."

The exhibition Van Gogh & Gauguin extensively highlights the personal and artistic relationship between Van Gogh and Gauguin by means of approximately 120 paintings, objects, drawings and letters.


The Exhibition

    Les Misérables,
    Paul Gauguin, 1888

The first part of the exhibition presents works by Van Gogh and Gauguin from 1886-1887, the period before and shortly after they met in Paris. The next section presents the works produced by the two artists alone in Arles and Brittany.

Madame Ginoux,
Vincent Van Gogh, 1890.

    Starting in the spring of 1888, a correspondence developed between Van Gogh and Gauguin in which they kept each other up to date with their work and exchanged ideas. The paintings from this period reveal how their two styles began to show resemblances.

    During the period in which the two artists lived together in the famous "Yellow House" witnessed a series of paintings, done by Gauguin and Van Gogh, that are closely related in style and in subject matter.

Then comes the end of nine weeks of intense collaboration, but it was far from being the end of their influence on each other. The paintings in the exhibition of 1889-1890 that Van Gogh made in the psychiatric clinic in Saint-Rémy and those that Gauguin made in Paris and Brittany, contain various allusions to each other's earlier work.

After Van Gogh's death in 1890, Gauguin continued to roam the world in search of his place in painting. He travelled twice to Tahiti, hoping to find there an untainted culture. Reality proved different, however: the influence exerted by colonialism had been great - this was also, at the same time, highlighted by an other traveller, Victor Segalen -, and little was left of traditional customs. Gauguin nevertheless retained his notion of an idealised world to the very end, which he brought to life in his work. That he never forgot his sojourn in Arles is clear in the exhibition from the still lifes of sunflowers from 1889 and 1901.

    Café at Arles,
    Paul Gauguin, 1888.

  • Official website of the Exhibition.
  • Read also "In the Light of Gauguin".