Van Gogh’s inner circle paints different picture
Het Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, Netherlands Showing until: 12 January 2020
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)