Van Gogh’s in­ner cir­cle paints dif­fer­ent pic­ture

Het No­ord­bra­bants Mu­seum, Den Bosch, Nether­lands Show­ing un­til: 12 Jan­uary 2020

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Anew ex­hi­bi­tion in ‘s-Her­to­gen­bosch, seeks to chal­lenge the long held view that Vin­cent van Gogh was a lonely, tor­mented soul who re­ceived lit­tle credit, re­spect or recog­ni­tion for his work in his own age. En­ti­tled Van Gogh’s In­ner Cir­cle. Friends, Fam­ily, Mod­els it tells the story of his re­la­tion­ships via 99 paint­ings, sketch­books, works on pa­per, pho­tos and let­ters. Loans are from var­i­ous renowned Dutch and in­ter­na­tional mu­se­ums, among them The Art In­sti­tute of Chicago,

Gal­le­ria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Con­tem­po­ranea, Kröller-Müller Mu­seum and Van Gogh Mu­seum, together with pri­vate col­lec­tors.

The ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers in­for­ma­tion about Vin­cent’s friends and fam­ily through paint­ings, sketch­books, works on pa­per, pho­tos and let­ters, and it is a de­light to see the rarely seen doc­u­ments, such as the let­ters and sketch­books on dis­play. At the end of the ex­hi­bi­tion are a num­ber of con­do­lence let­ters that were sent to Theo af­ter his brother’s death. It is won­der­ful to see fel­low artists such as Camille Pis­sarro, Gau­guin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec writ­ing about him in such a heart­felt way.

An­dries Bonger, a fam­ily friend, once said “when Vin­cent was on form, he was blithe, jovial, dropped jokes along with funny sto­ries and proved to be like­able and an ex­cel­lent im­per­son­ator”.

Vin­cent van Gogh’s L’Ar­lési­enne (Madame Marie Gi­noux) (1890)

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