The Vincent Van Gogh exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art is now open

CLEVELAND – A new exhibition of four works by Vincent Van Gogh is now on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The exhibition shows two masterpieces and two works on paper. One of the paper artworks is an etching – the only one Van Gogh ever created.

The exhibition can be viewed at the Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Gallery.

Here’s a look at each piece of art in the exhibition:

The big plane trees (road mender in Saint-Rémy)

Vincent Van Gogh | Cleveland Museum of Art

Van Gogh captured the yellowed leaves on fabric with a pattern of small red diamonds that are visible in the many unpainted areas of the picture. After Van Gogh had painted this composition, it produced a second version at The Road Menders studio in Saint-Rémy (Phillips Collection, Washington, DC). Painted on a traditional canvas covered by a base layer, the second version is more restrained, the yellow tones are offset by larger areas of cool colors.

Two poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy

Two poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy

Vincent Van Gogh | Cleveland Museum of Art

Two poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy is an autumnal landscape that reveals all the power of Van Gogh’s mature style. Trees twist and lean against a darkening sky, while the intense colors applied with charged brushstrokes convey his emotional response to the subject.

Dr. Gachet

Dr.  Gachet

Vincent Van Gogh | Cleveland Museum of Art

Dr. Gachet is the artist’s only etching. On the recommendation of his artist colleague Camille Pissarro, the artist placed himself in the care of Dr. Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village on the northern outskirts of Paris. The doctor was a hobbyist himself and gave Van Gogh a lacquered copper plate that helped him print it on his own little hand press. For his first attempt, Van Gogh pictured Gachet sitting in his garden and smoking a pipe.

Landscape with a wheelbarrow

Landscape with a wheelbarrow

Vincent Van Gogh | Cleveland Museum of Art

Landscape with a wheelbarrow is an early watercolor the artist created while living in Drenthe, a village in the northeast of the Netherlands with no modern industry. Van Gogh described the barren terrain as beautiful and calm. Van Gogh was designed with a limited palette of greens and blues and portrayed one of the region’s open fields lit by the lilac tones of the evening sky. When working with the medium, he experimented with the visible brushstrokes that would later characterize his oil paintings.

“Given the recent increased public interest in Vincent van Gogh, we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase a selection of real masterpieces by the artist,” said William M. Griswold, Director of the CMA. “We look forward to welcoming our visitors to this free installation.”

TIED TOGETHER: Immersive setting by Van Gogh for his Cleveland exhibition

The museum recently announced that all staff, volunteers and contractors working on-site at the museum must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1st. Visitors do not need to be vaccinated, but face covering is required inside the museum, according to a policy in effect at CMA as of August 10th.

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