Seasons of sensory pleasures

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

Vincent Van Gogh Cutch 1853-90, View of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer 1888, Oil on canvas, Kroller-Muller Museum, Photo: © Kroller-Muller Museum

VAN Gogh fans are in for a treat with the opening of Van Gogh and the Seasons in Melbourne on April 28.

The seasons had profound meaning for Van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature - birth, bloom, maturity and death.

For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force.

Van Gogh repeatedly painted scenes that richly evoke the sensory pleasures or deprivations particular to each season - spring with its blossoming orchards and flowering meadows; summer with fields of ripe wheat shimmering under the sun; autumn with bountiful harvests and solitary figures sowing seeds as dusk approaches; and winter with peasants digging potatoes out of frozen fields or sharing a meagre meal by candlelight.

The exhibited works depict places that were the setting for many defining moments in the artist's tumultuous life - the Dutch region of Brabant where he was born in 1853 and lived for much of his early life; Aries, where he experienced his most defining period of creativity; Saint-Remy de Provence, where he was treated for mental illness; and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he committed suicide in 1890.

Van Gogh and the Seasons features works lent by leading international museums as well as documentary material, including works from Van Gogh's own art collection.

The exhibition is presented by the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

  • April 28-July 9, NGV International, Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions.

Tickets online - $28 adults, $24.50 concession, $10 child, $65 family. Seniors Card discount Wednesdays.

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