The Weekend Australian - Review - - Review - Tim Dou­glas

Mem­bers of Vin­cent van Gogh’s fam­ily will be in at­ten­dance at the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria on Thursday as the cur­tain rises on one of the most an­tic­i­pated ex­hi­bi­tions this coun­try has seen. Van Gogh and the Sea­sons will fea­ture more than 65 of the Dutch mas­ter’s draw­ings and paint­ings (in­clud­ing the re­cently se­cured star at­trac­tion Self-Por­trait, Au­tumn 1887) from var­i­ous col­lec­tions around the world. It is the lat­est in the conga line of big-name block­busters (Warhol, Wei­wei, De­gas, Whistler) to be rolled out by di­rec­tor Tony Ellwood. Cu­rated by Sjraar van Heugten, head of col­lec­tions at the Van Gogh Museum in Am­s­ter­dam, the show is be­ing opened with a gala din­ner in the gallery on Thursday. Van Gogh As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Josien van Gogh and Sylvia Cramer, great-grand­daugh­ters of the mas­ter’s brother, Theo van Gogh, will break bread with lu­mi­nar­ies of the Aus­tralian art world and most likely a politi­cian or two. The spread is cer­tain to be an ex­trav­a­gant af­fair and a far cry from the sub­ject of much of Van Gogh’s oeu­vre: mea­gre meals il­lu­mi­nated by dim can­dle­light. Afghanistan: The

Vin­cent van Gogh’s SelfPor­trait, Au­tumn 1887

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